how many children are missing education in Norfolk

Mary Harper made this Freedom of Information request to Norfolk County Council

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Dear Norfolk County Council,
Please could you tell me the numbers of children aged 13-16 missing education in West Norfolk for 2015-2016, 2016-2017. 2017-2018, together with a breakdown of the reasons eg. mental health issues, looked after, awaiting placement, new to area, physical health issues, excluded,

Thankyou

Yours faithfully,,

Mary Harper

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

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Good Afternoon,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request ENQ-260010-L0T0G2

 

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 received on 01 August 2018.

 

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mary

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Clarification Required ENQ-260010-L0T0G2

We refer to your request for information dated 01 August 2018

We have looked carefully at your request and we are afraid that we are unable to identify and locate the information requested without further detail from you. We would therefore be grateful if you could clarify your request.

By "missing education" do you mean a child who is not on a school register anywhere and that is on the register of children missing education, or do you mean those that are on school registers that are not attending?

By ages 13 to 16, do you refer to specific year groups (e.g years 9 to 11)? Your request would be better to focus on children in specific year groups rather than by age.

We would be happy to discuss your request with you if you think that this would help.

Once you have provided this information, we will be able to process your request. If this information is not received by 30 August 2018 we will assume that you do not wish to continue with your request and will close the file. Your request will be placed on hold whilst we await this information. Once this information is received, the timescale for response will reset.

Yours sincerely,

Lewis Freeman
Information Compliance Officer
01603 222661

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Dear Information Management,
Good morning Lewis
Further to your query re age range

1.Please could you include young people in Years 9, 10 and 11
2.Please could you include both young people who are not on a school register anywhere and those on a school register but not attending.

Thankyou very much

Yours sincerely,

Mary Harper

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mary,

Thank you for this clarification. We will proceed with your request on this basis.

Regards,

Lewis Freeman, Information Compliance Officer
Information Management & Technology, Finance & Commercial Services
Room 043, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH

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Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mary

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 –Information Request ENQ-260010-L0T0G2

 

I refer to your request for information dated 01 August 2018

 

You asked: Please could you tell me the numbers of children aged 13-16
missing education in West Norfolk  for 2015-2016, 2016-2017. 2017-2018,
together with a breakdown of the reasons eg. mental health issues, looked
after, awaiting placement, new to area, physical health issues, excluded.

 

On 13 August 2018 I asked for the following clarification: By "missing
education" do you mean a child who is not on a school register anywhere
and that is on the register of children missing education, or do you mean
those that are on school registers that are not attending?

 

By ages 13 to 16, do you refer to specific year groups (e.g years 9 to
11)? Your request would be better to focus on children in specific year
groups rather than by age.

 

You confirmed same day: 1.Please could you include young people in Years
9, 10 and 11 2.Please could you include both young people who are not on a
school register anywhere and those on a school register but not attending.

 

The following are the numbers of children in years 9, 10, and 11, who were
missing education in West Norfolk for years 2015/2016, 2016/2017,
2017/2018.

 

2015/2016 -   Year 9 - 6 children

                        Year 10 - 2 children

                        Year 11 - 6 children

 

2016/2017 -   Year 9 - 6 children

                        Year 10 - 10 children

                        Year 11 - 11 children

 

2017/2018     Year 9 - 8 children

                        Year 10 - 8 children

                        Year 11 - 10 children

 

These children were classed as being children missing education - The
definition of Children Missing Education refers to all children of
compulsory school age who are not on a school roll, receiving a suitable
education or who are not receiving education otherwise than being at
school (for example, at home, privately or in alternative provision). We
do not have the figures for those on a school register but not attending.

 

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Lewis Freeman

Information Compliance Officer

Information Management Service

Norfolk County Council

County Hall

Martineau Lane

Norwich

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Dear Information Management,
Thankyou for partially answering my FOI request, however I had also requested a breakdown of reasons that children were CME
Best wishes

Yours sincerely,

Mary Harper

Dear Information Management,
A reminder that the response to the above question was only partial as it did not detail a breakdown of reasons as requested so I await a complete reply

Yours sincerely,

Mary Harper

Information Management, Norfolk County Council

Dear Ms Harper

 

I apologise for the delay in responding to your request for internal
review.  I am working on the review and will respond as soon as I can.

 

Kind regards

 

Lesley Spicer, Information Compliance Manager 

IMT 

Tel: 01603 223157 | Dept: 01603 222661

Room 043, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH 

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Spicer, Lesley, Norfolk County Council

Dear Ms Harper

 

I have now completed my review of our response to your request. 

 

You asked for a breakdown of the reasons why children are recorded missing
education.   The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
(as amended) sets out the grounds for deleting a pupil of compulsory
school age from the school admission register as set out below: 

 

Grounds for deleting a pupil of compulsory school age from the school
admission register set out in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England)
Regulations 2006, as amended. All of these reasons are section 8 (1).

 

A where the pupil is registered at the school in accordance with the
requirements of a school attendance order, that another school is
substituted by the local authority for that named in the order or the
order is revoked by the local authority on the ground that arrangements
have been made for the child to receive efficient full-time education
suitable to his age, ability and aptitude otherwise than at school
B Change of school.

except where it has been agreed by the proprietor that the pupil should
be registered at more than one school, in a case not falling within
sub-paragraph (a) or regulation 9, that he has been registered as a
pupil at another school.
C where a pupil is registered at more than one school, and in a case not
falling within sub-paragraph (j) or (m) or regulation 9, that he has
ceased to attend the school and the proprietor of any other school at
which he is registered has given consent to the deletion.
D Home education

in a case not falling within sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph, that
he has ceased to attend the school and the proprietor has received
written notification from the parent that the pupil is receiving
education otherwise than at school
E Moved away

except in the case of a boarder, that he has ceased to attend the school
and no longer ordinarily resides at a place which is a reasonable
distance from the school at which he is registered.
F in the case of a pupil granted leave of absence in accordance with
regulation 7(1A), that —

(i) the pupil has failed to attend the school within the ten school days
immediately following the expiry of the period for which such leave was
granted;

(ii) the proprietor does not have reasonable grounds to believe that the
pupil is unable to attend the school by reason of sickness or any
unavoidable cause; and

(iii) the proprietor and the local authority have failed, after jointly
making reasonable enquiries, to ascertain where the pupil is
G that he is certified by the school medical officer as unlikely to be in
a fit state of health to attend school before ceasing to be of
compulsory school age, and neither he nor his parent has indicated to
the school the intention to continue to attend the school after ceasing
to be of compulsory school age.
H that he has been continuously absent from the school for a period of not
less than twenty school days and —

(i) at no time was his absence during that period authorised by the
proprietor in accordance with regulation 6(2);

(ii) the proprietor does not have reasonable grounds to believe that the
pupil is unable to attend the school by reason of sickness or any
unavoidable cause; and

(iii) the proprietor of the school and the local authority have failed,
after jointly making reasonable enquiries, to ascertain where the pupil
is. (the Attendance Support and Enforcement Officer will advise that
checks have been made and removal from roll can occur)
I that he is detained in pursuance of a final order made by a court or of
an order of recall made by a court or the Secretary of State, that order
being for a period of not less than four months, and the proprietor does
not have reasonable grounds to believe that the pupil will return to the
school at the end of that period.
J that the pupil has died.
K that the pupil will cease to be of compulsory school age before the
school next meets and—

(i) the relevant person has indicated that the pupil will cease to
attend the school; or

(ii) the pupil does not meet the academic entry requirements for
admission to the school’s sixth form.
L in the case of a pupil at a school other than a maintained school, an
Academy, a city technology college or a city college for the technology
of the arts, that he has ceased to be a pupil of the school.
M Permanent exclusion. that he has been permanently excluded from the
school.
N where the pupil has been admitted to the school to receive nursery
education, that he has not on completing such education transferred to a
reception, or higher, class at the school.
O where—

(i) the pupil is a boarder at a maintained school or an Academy;

(ii) charges for board and lodging are payable by the parent of the
pupil; and

(iii) those charges remain unpaid by the pupil’s parent at the end of
the school term to which they relate.

 

The Council did not record reasons for children missing education prior to
the 2017-18 school year so does not hold this information for the previous
years.  The Council does hold relevant the information regarding children
missing education in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk for 2017-18.  However,
due to the small numbers (5 or less) in each category the Council
considers the information to be exempt under Section 40 of the FOI Act.

 

This exemption states that

 

40        (1)       Any information to which a request for information
relates is exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the
applicant is the data subject.

(2)       Any information to which a request for information relates is
also exempt information if—

(a)       it constitutes personal data which does not fall within
subsection (1), and

(b)       the first, second or third condition below is satisfied.

(3A)     The first condition is that the disclosure of the information to
a member of the public otherwise than under this Act—

(a)       would contravene any of the data protection principles, or

(b)       would do so if the exemptions in section 24(1) of the Data
Protection Act 2018 (manual unstructured data held by public authorities)
were disregarded.

(3B)     The second condition is that the disclosure of the information to
a member of the public otherwise than under this Act would contravene
Article 21 of the GDPR (general processing: right to object to
processing).]

In this case the Council considers that due to the very small number in
each category, this data when combined with other data that may be
available could lead to the identification of individuals and therefore
constitutes personal data which is exempt.

 

We can, however inform you that the categories recorded over all age
groups were D, E, H, L and M

 

If you are dissatisfied following this review, you may  apply to the
Information Commissioner under Section 50 of the Act for a  decision
whether your request for information has been dealt with in  accordance
with the requirements of Part I of the Act.  Refer to the ICO  Website at:
[1]https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for advice on how to report a  concern. 
Or you can write to them at:

 

First Contact Team

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane, Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Kind regards

 

Lesley Spicer, Information Compliance Manager 

IMT 

Dept: 01603 222661

Room 043, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH 

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