Thousands of children 'missing out on education'

Thousands of children are not attending school because they do not have a place or are unknown to the authorities, according to a youth charity.

Children may be classed as "missing" because they were excluded from school. Credit: PA

A Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from the National Children's Bureau (NCB) found 7,701 youngsters have been recorded as missing by 79 local councils in England.

The NCB said that based on this figure, it estimates that more than 14,800 children are not in education at any one time across the country.

However, a Department for Education spokesman dubbed the findings "misleading and unhelpful" and said parents had a legal responsibility to make sure their child got an education.