Data set from Children missing education

Children missing education at any point in the academic year

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The number of children missing education at any point in the academic year. Includes 2021/22 academic year only.

Data set details

Pupils and schools
Children missing education
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • CME at any time in academic year
Time period

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001England94900
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North East2090
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North West15170
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The Humber15510
202122Academic yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East Midlands12530

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 1 variables
Variable nameVariable description
cme_full_yearCME at any time in academic year


  1. Local authorities have a duty under section 436A of the Education Act 1996 to make arrangements to establish the identities of children in their area who are not registered pupils at a school and are not receiving suitable education otherwise. Discussions with local authorities suggest that the data is an accurate reflection of the number children they have identified but there is some variation in practice, including around when a child should be recorded as CME. This means that whilst the data is an accurate reflection of the number of CME on record within local authorities, it may not represent a consistently defined estimate of all CME across the country.
  2. Data was received from 91% of local authorities in the Autumn term, 93% in the Spring term and 96% in the Summer term. To account for non-response, national and regional figures have been uprated based on local authority pupil populations.

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