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School attendance

If children do not attend school regularly, they will fall behind and may not be able to keep up with the work. By law, all children between the age of five and 16 must have a suitable full-time education.
School attendance expectations
Find information on school attendance and truancy.
Educating your child at home
We support the right of parents to educate at home and would like to work with parents, carers and the education community to develop effective and supportive partnerships.
Exclusion from school
Exclusion from school is a very serious matter. Only a school's headteacher (or a named deputy if the headteacher is out of school) can permanently exclude a pupil.
Penalty notices for school absences
Find out about the fines we can issue if your child is regularly absent from school.