Skipping school: invisible children: how children disappear from England's schools

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Longfield, Anne
Children's Commissioner for England
Date of publication
4 February 2019
Children and Young People, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This report examines what happens to children off-rolled into home education.

An Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) survey in autumn 2018 found that across the 106 councils which completed the survey, around 40,000 children were being home educated. That suggests around 58,000 children were being home educated across England as a whole.

Although the evidence suggests a marked increase in children being home educated, there cannot be complete certainty on the numbers due to the lack of formal registration.

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