Attendance at school: your responsibilities
- register your child at a school
- make sure your child goes to school regularly
- make sure your child goes to school on time.
Registering your child at a school
Going to school regularly
- develop social skills and confidence by making friends and socialising
- prepare for adult life by getting used to a routine
- get better results and so improve her or his chances in life.
- physical and emotional harm
- exploitation by unsuitable adults
- getting involved in crime and anti-social behaviour
- achieving poor school results and poor prospects.
Missing school without permission
You can no longer take your child out of school on leave in term time. If your child takes term-time leave you could be fined. Only in some very special cases can a headteacher can give permission for this kind of absence.
- goes to school every day
- arrives on time
Action we can take if your child misses school
- your child’s attendance falls below 85 per cent in a half-term period without a good reason
- you do not keep to a parenting contract or do not go to a school attendance consultative group (a formal meeting where decisions are made about legal action)
- you choose not to sign a parenting contract
- you take your child out of school during term time (for holidays for example)
- your child does not go to school during SATs examinations without permission
- your child continually arrives late
- your child repeatedly comes to the attention of the police during school time
- your child is seen more than once in a six-month period during truancy sweeps
- your child is excluded from school but is seen in a public place during the first five days of that exclusion.
Helping your child go to school
- help you to deal with the difficulties which stop your child from going to school regularly
- visit you at home or make time to see you at school or at our offices
- put you in touch with other services, if you need more advice or support.