Improving support for children missing education

Closed 20 Jul 2023

Opened 18 May 2023


We are seeking evidence to improve the way children missing education are identified and supported.

Why your views matter

We want to empower local authorities, schools and others to identify and support children missing education more effectively. This is to ensure every child gets an education, wherever they live and whatever their background.

In this call for evidence, we are seeking views on:

  • how children missing education are identified and supported
  • the challenges in identifying and supporting children missing education
  • how to address those challenges

Children missing education are children of compulsory school age who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise.

What happens next

This call for evidence will, it is hoped, give ample scope to all interested parties to provide evidence on what works well, and what works less well, in identifying and supporting CME. It is also intended to allow respondents to put forward ideas and proposals for change, and justification for such change. The government has not made any decision on these issues but does want to hear what more can be done to improve the CME system to support all children to achieve their potential.

When the closing date is reached, the government will consider the responses, and publish a response. We will use the responses to inform future policy. 


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Local authorities
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School business managers
  • Governing bodies and academy trusts
  • Bodies representing schools and local authorities
  • Faith bodies
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Those evaluating programmes for children in need
  • Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
  • Those researching children’s social care or education systems, with links to educational outcomes of Children in Need
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services
  • Health visitors
  • School nurses


  • Education
  • Pupil place planning
  • Admissions
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Attendance and absence