As a parent you are legally responsible for making sure that your child has an education, whether that is home education or at school. Regular and punctual attendance at school is a legal requirement under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.
If your child is of statutory school age you have a responsibility to make sure that they attend regularly, maximising the educational opportunities available to them and so providing them with the best possible start in life.
If they cannot go for any reason, you should tell the school and they may authorise the absence.
How we can help
If your child is absent from school please communicate clearly with the school and report every absence.
If your child is not attending school regularly and you have concerns please liaise and communicate with the school to discuss your issues in the first instance.
A meeting can be held with the school to discuss and ensure an appropriate plan of support is in place to meet your child’s needs. For additional support you can:
- Contact the Single Point of Contact Help and Protection on 01942 828300.