Corrections in the media

BBC correction (January 19, 2022 article) “Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza told BBC Woman’s Hour that between 80,000 and 100,000 children were not on any school rolls at all.” ‘The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England subsequently confirmed that Dame Rachel misspoke and that this figure actually relates to the number of children who were persistently absent from school in autumn 2020, following the first Covid-19 lockdown. They also confirmed that the number of children not on school rolls is unknown and so we have updated our article.


July 18, Schools Week, Campaigners warn against ‘dangerous’ register of children not in school

June 17, Education Uncovered, Warwick Mansell Story on the 66 year retention plan for live attendance data (including quotes from Square Peg and Defend Digital Me)

June 17 Conservative Home The strange story of the Schools Bill – and the taming of Gove’s education dream

June 17 Schools Week Zahawi changes tack on ‘kryptonite’ schools bill reforms

June 16 Christianity The schools bill: This state power grab threatens home education and should be resisted by all Christians

June 16 Jewish Chronicle ‘Hands off our yeshivot or we’ll leave Britain,’ warn Charedi demonstrators at Westminster
June 16 Church Times Lords Table Amendmnets to New Schools Bill

June 16 Schools Week Schools bill: Zahawi promises ‘no new burdens’ for academies

June 15 Schools Week Schools bill rowback? Barran to ‘clarify position’ after Lords criticism
June 14, Jewish News Stamford Hill rabbi defends Holocaust references at Schools Bill protest

June 9 The Spectator Tory bid to delete controversial schools law
May 2022 Church Times, Hattie Williams Bishops begin scrutiny of Schools Bill

May 2022 TES, John Roberts Schools Bill: Everything you need to know

May 2022 HE Byte Counting Children

May 2022 House of Lords news Schools Bill

May 2022 Schools Week. Schools bill: The 15 new laws proposed

May 2022 The Independent, Benjamin Cooper. Education Secretary says school attendance ‘non-negotiable’ in truancy crackdown

April 2022 Robert Halfon in TES: DfE must tackle big differences in learning loss

March 2022 The Independent, Catherine Lough New attendance register to stop ‘ghost children’ falling through the net

March 2022 The Mirror, Abigail O’Leary ‘Ghost children’ of Covid as 135,000 pupils vanish from school after pandemic

February 2022 Schools Week, Professor of literacy, UCL Institute of Education: Do ‘ghost children’ exist and what can we do about them?

February 2022, Harriet Seargeant, The tragedy of Covid’s 100,000 ‘ghost children’ will make those who demanded never-ending lockdowns hang their privileged heads in shame

February 2022 BBC Finding the ‘ghost children’ missing from Britain’s classrooms The World at One Highlights: Where are the 100,000 children missing from full-time education since the pandemic began?

January 2022 Schools Week, Freddie Whittaker DfE trialling ‘real-time’ attendance tracker to cut absences

December 2021 Daily Mail, Claire Ellicott 100,000 ‘ghost children’ are at risk of abuse after failing to return to school following Covid lockdown, MP (Robert Halfon) warns

December 2021 The Observer, Michael Savage Hunt launched to find ‘ghost children’ missing from schools in England

October 2021 The Sunday Times, Griffiths and Das Ghost children of Covid: 135,000 pupils ‘disappear’ from school

July 2021 Evening Standard, Anna Davis Almost 100,000 ‘ghost children’ have not returned to school since start of Covid pandemic

June 2021 The Telegraph Act now to reform education or a generation of ghost children will be pandemic’s haunting legacy

March 2021 Institute of Fiscal Studies Two-thirds of parents concerned about lost learning – and want policies to promote children’s well-being as well as to catch up on education