The head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has said children could be put at risk of harm or exploitation by the failure to track pupils who are taken out of school.

Wilshaw's comments highlight recent concerns about children travelling to countries such as Syria and ongoing worries about pupils as young as 15 being targeted for recruitment by extremist organisations such as Islamic State.

Wilshaw said recent inspections of schools had revealed a "serious safeguarding issue" involving missing children that had implications for the whole country.

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