Digital Front Door:
The Digital Front Door was developed in response to a recent Ofsted report to the Government that HMIs very often found pupils’ names had been deleted from school registers at non-standard transition points and that there was often no record of their destinations. The Ofsted report also drew attention to poor communication and coordination between schools and LAs on individual cases, raising concerns about children potentially being exposed to the risk of harm, exploitation or radicalisation.
New DfE Children Missing Education Guidance came into force in September 2016 and sets out the following new responsibilities for schools in relation to deleting a pupil’s name from the school register:
- All schools (including academies and independent schools) must notify their local authority when they are about to remove a pupil’s name from the school admission register under any of the fifteen grounds listed in the regulations
- When notifying their LA, schools must provide and record details of the pupil’s residence, the name of the person with whom they will reside, the date from which they will reside there, and the name of the destination school (where they can reasonably obtain this information)
- In the notification, school must inform their LA of the pupil's destination school and home address if the pupil is moving to a new school
- The school must provide information to their LA when registering new pupils within five days, including the pupil's address and previous school (where they can reasonably obtain this information).
Information about the changes to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016
It is potentially a safeguarding issue when a child is moving away without the school knowing the forwarding address and the details of the new school. When a child is missing from a school or is moving away, schools have the initial responsibility to make reasonable enquiries and to establish the whereabouts of a child or the key information of the new address.
The PIAS Off Rolling Technical Guidance for Schools (DOCX, 67.0 KB) paper outlines the steps that a school should take to fulfil its safeguarding duty and when we should be contacted via the PIAS Digital Front Door (DfD).
It is essential that you provide prior notification to Kent County Council if you are deleting a pupil’s name from a school register. Please use the Notify of Intended Off-Rolling Digital Front Door pathway above.