Children missing education (CME)

Children missing education (CME)

What are Children Missing Education (CME) and tell us about a child missing education.

School attendance has been mandatory for all pupils since 8 March 2021.

The usual rules on school attendance apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)
  • following up absence, reporting children missing education to the local authority and the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

Email childrenmissingeducation@bristol.gov.uk if you have any questions about CME.

Children missing education (CME) are children of compulsory school age who:

  • aren't on a school roll, and
  • aren't getting a suitable education other than at school

CME doesn't apply to children who are registered at a school but aren't attending regularly.

Before you fill in a form

If you're a school staff member you must read:

The CME guidance does not apply to members of the public or other professionals. 

Tell us about a child missing education

Use this form when:

  • the pupil has moved out of the area and you have confirmation of their new address
  • a parent has contacted your school about a place for a child living in Bristol who's not already on a school roll, and your school can't offer a place
  • you have reason to believe that a child living in Bristol doesn't have a school place

Independent schools only: use this form before deleting a pupil from roll, when the child:

  • is no longer a pupil at your school and
  • hasn't started in a new school

Tell us about a child missing education

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