Covid in schools: Inquiry launched to find 100,000 pupils absent in England

'Literally, I am going to go out and find them.'

1/20/2022 4:00:00 PM

'Literally, I am going to go out and find them.'

England's children's commissioner says she will 'go out and find' those not on school rolls.

Dame Rachel also said she had received commitment from Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to create a national database to see attendance data in real time."I know, and the DfE knows, how many - what percentage - of children are in school on a day-to-day basis, morning and afternoon session," she said.

"We don't know nationally if it's the same children as yesterday - and that's the problem."Dame Rachel said she had written to local authorities and safeguarding boards across England and was meeting with representatives from 10 local authorities on Wednesday.

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