Attendance, exclusion and support

All children between the ages of five and 16 should be in full-time education - this is really important for their future.


Unless you've chosen home education it is a parent or carer's responsibility to make sure that a child or young person attends school regularly. Failure to do so could result in a penalty notice or prosecution.

Our aim is to improve attendance and provide support to pupils who cannot attend school for various reasons. This might be because of problems with behaviour, medical reasons or pregnancy.

Where a pupil is at risk of exclusion we work with schools and families to improve behaviour. We also support pupils to continue in education if they are permanently excluded from school until we can re-integrate them.

If you're worried about your child's attendance or behaviour you should talk things over with the school or your local multi-agency team first.

We also have a duty to ensure the welfare of children and young people in certain circumstances. This includes children missing from education and those who are involved in entertainment, modelling or sports industries. You can find more about the law on child employment.

Unauthorised leave of absence during term time

On 6 April 2017 the Supreme Court appeal, in relation to the Platt v Isle of Wight case, determined that under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 attending school 'regularly' means:

"in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school"

From 1 September 2017, if requested, we will consider the issue of a penalty notice for any period of holiday absence which has not been authorised by the headteacher regardless of a child's wider school attendance.

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