Lost pupil database

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Dear Department for Education,

The following Ofsted report mentions the "lost pupil" database:


I would like you to clarify if this database is used to keep a record of children who have been found by Children
Missing Education (CME) officers to be:

- not on a school roll
- not being educated other than at school
- out of any educational provision for a substantial period of time (greater than 4 weeks)
- between the age of 5 to 16

If this is not what the database contains then please could you explain the data stored.

However if this understanding of the database is correct I would like to request the number of children from each local authority stored on the database and if they have been returned back into the school system. I would like this for the achedemic years 2010-11 and 2009-10 and any additional years would be excellent.

Many thanks

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

Department for Education

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Lisa Evans left an annotation ()

Thanks to Shropshire Council's very good explanation of the Children Missing From Education officer here:


I now see that the ‘Lost Pupil Database’ is for children who have

"been continuously absent [from school] for at least 4 weeks and the local authority has been unable to locate the pupil and her/his family"

I would like to clarify that I would like the summary statistics for the lost pupils database - that is the number of pupils on the database for the academic year 2010/11 and 2009/10 and if possible if the child has been located and returned to the education system. Ideally I'd like this by local authority - or at least to know which local authorities contribute data to the database.

Many thanks


Lisa Evans left an annotation ()

the Department for Education answer was given here: