Children missing education (CME) service 2024/25

This service is available for Academies, Independent and Maintained schools


The CME service identifies, tracks and follows up all children who are not receiving suitable education, with the aim of ensuring they are helped to access education as quickly as possible.

Financial year 2024/25

Extensive expertise and long established partnership working. There is continuing liaison with other agencies likely to encounter CME and the public are invited to refer any child they understand not to be in education.

Additional / buy back services 

All Ealing schools, including maintained, academies and independent schools can get in touch to discuss additional support

Office hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5 midday

Planned improvements:

Ongoing process of continued service improvement.

Service directors:

Tamara Quinn

More detailed information:

CME are those of compulsory school age, and not on a school roll or in alternative suitable educational provision, for more than 20 school days.

There is a statutory duty in the Education Act 1996 for local authorities to identify and track CME and maintain a CME register.

Schools can download Ealing's CME policy, guidance and forms on the dedicated CME page on EGfL (see related content link below).


Children and adults’ services.

  • Children missing education, School attendance service: 8825 5517
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Last updated: 15 Feb 2024