My Newham will be unavailable from 6 to 11pm on Tuesday 28 July while we make some changes.
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 his or her 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 give permission for this kind of absence.
- goes to school every day
- arrives on time
Report a child missing from school
Action we can take if your child misses school
Penalty noticesWe can send you a penalty notice (fine) if:
- your child’s attendance falls below 90 per cent in a term period without a good reason
- you take your child out of school during term time (for holidays for example) without agreeing the leave with the school
- your child is delayed returning from a period of leave and you have not agreed this with the school
- your child arrives at school after the registers have closed more than 10 times
- your child is excluded from school but is seen in a public place during the first five days of that exclusion.
Pay a non-attendance penalty notice
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.