Pay an education penalty, apply for a child performance licence, education welfare support, educating a child at home and what to do if you are moving out of the county.
Support to improve school attendance
You must make sure your child gets a full-time education that meets their needs. Children must get an education between the school term after their fifth birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16. For the latest details please visit school attendance and absence on Gov.uk.
Each school has a named Education Welfare Officer. They offer support to parents and carers and services to improve attendance at school. They also work closely with schools and a number of agencies to promote children’s welfare and their education.
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s attendance, please speak to the school so that they can look at ways of helping you.
If you need support or advice please contact us, even during school holidays.
Legal action to enforce school attendance
Schools and councils can use various legal powers if your child is missing school without a good reason.
Our priority is reducing absence from school as it reduces your child’s educational attainment chances and increases vulnerabilities and risks. Read the Penalty Notice Code of Conduct [PDF, 137Kb]