Children missing education

Children Missing Education CME are children of compulsory school age (5-16) The DfE defines CME as: ‘Children of compulsory school age who

  • are not registered pupils at a school and
  • are not receiving suitable education otherwise than at a school
  • who have been out of any educational provision for a substantial period of time (usually four weeks or more).

Children Missing Education should not be confused with:

  • children who are on roll at a school but are not in regular attendance
  • children who are being home-schooled (known as Elective Home Education or EHE)
  • children whose parents have applied for a school place, and the referrer has confirmation that the application is in process via SBC’s Admissions Service.