School Attendance

Why attendance is important

By law if your child is aged 5 to 17 years old, she or he must be in full-time education. Your child can be educated at school or at home.                 

If your child is to be educated at school, you must:

  • 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

You must enrol your child in a school or tell us if your child is in another form of education. If you don’t, you could face legal action.

Children who are not enrolled in full-time education are ‘missing from education’.

Going to school regularly

Going to school regularly is very important as it will help your child to:

  • 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.

And research shows that it also limits the risk from:

  • Physical and emotional harm
  • Exploitation by unsuitable adults
  • Getting involved in crime and anti-social behaviour

Achieving poor school results and poor prospects.