Schools must enter pupils on the admission register at the beginning of the first day on which the school has agreed, or been notified, that the pupil will attend the school.
If a pupil fails to attend on the agreed or notified date, the school should record the relevant authorised or unauthorised attendance code in registers until confirmation has been received they can be taken off roll. For a list of the attendance codes available to select, please see our breakdown of available codes.
Your school should undertake reasonable enquiries to establish the child’s whereabouts and put a process in place with their local authority of when to inform them of the details of pupils who fail to attend regularly, or have missed ten school days or more without permission.
For more information on Children Missing Education please refer to: Children missing education: statutory guidance for local authorities