Ghost pupils: Why are children missing school?

As schools go back after the summer there’s a warning, the problem of so-called ‘ghost children’ - who’ve struggled to return to regular lessons since the pandemic - is getting worse. During the last academic year 124,000 pupils missed more than half of their classes - and since the start of the pandemic, almost 100,000 have disappeared from school rolls. Now the former children’s commissioner Anne Longfield warns the cost-of-living crisis is exacerbating the situation. But in an exclusive interview with Sky News, education secretary James Cleverly says he’s introducing a series of measures to ensure more children are in school, such as targeted support and new guidance on fines for parents. Our political correspondent Amanda Akass reports. Produced and edited by Jasmine Kaur and Valerio Esposito SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on TikTok: For more content go to and download our apps: Apple: Android Sky News videos are now available in Spanish here/Los video de Sky News están disponibles en español aquí Sky News videos are also available in German here/Hier können Sie außerdem Sky News-Videos auf Deutsch finden: To enquire about licensing Sky News content, you can find more information here:
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