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Children missing from school.

Children missing from school.

Children across Britain may be running away to join Isil or being sexually abused because schools are failing to track them if they suddenly stop attending, the chief inspector of schools has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, said follow-up inspections after the Trojan Horse plot scandal found pupils were disappearing from school registers during academic years without explanation.

He said the findings raised “wider” concerns that children across Britain were running away to join Isil, entering forced marriage or being sexually abused without teachers realising.

In a letter to Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, Sir Michael called for an urgent review and warned currently there is no legal duty on schools or local authorities to track children who fall off the register. 

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