Pupil wellbeing, behaviour and attendance

Safeguarding pupils. First aid, bullying, exclusions, alternative provision and pupil referral units.


  1. School closures

    School closures happen because of an emergency like severe weather - check whether your child's school is closed on your local council website

  2. School term and holiday dates

    Find your child's school term, half term and holiday dates on your local council's website

  3. School leaving age

    The age you can leave school in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  4. School attendance and absence

    You can be prosecuted if your child has unauthorised absence from school - truancy, help with getting your child to school, and legal action to enforce school attendance

  5. Bullying at school

    Bullying at school and the law - what your school and the police must do about bullying and how you should report it

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Keeping children safe in education
  2. Working together to safeguard children
  3. School attendance: guidance for schools
  4. School exclusion
  5. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners
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News and communications

  1. Education Secretary sets out vision for character and resilience
  2. One of the largest mental health trials launches in schools
  3. NHS and schools in England will provide expert mental health support
  4. Government and top sports bodies to help children play more sport
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Research and statistics

  1. Attendance at grant-aided primary, post-primary and special schools in Northern Ireland – 2017/18
  2. School Omnibus Survey 2018
  3. Prevent and counter-extremism in general further education colleges
  4. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2017 and spring 2018
  5. Investigative research into alternative provision
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Variations in Sex Characteristics Call For Evidence
  2. Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions
  3. School exclusions review: call for evidence
  4. Alternative provision: response to the select committee report
  5. School exclusions review: terms of reference
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Bullying in England: April 2013 to March 2018
  2. Schools, pupils and their characteristics: 2002 to 2009 data
  3. Absence rates by gender, age and free school meal status
  4. Safeguarding children and young people: memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and DfE
  5. Powers of entry: Department for Education report
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