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. Education and attendance information from your council

    How your council encourages attendance at school - truancy, unauthorised absences, education welfare officer

  1. Tell Ofsted about a serious childcare incident: online form for local authorities

    Notification form for use by local authorities to tell Ofsted about serious childcare incidents for children living at home or in care.

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Guidance and regulation

  1. School leaving age

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

  2. 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

  3. Working together to safeguard children
  1. Keeping children safe in education

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
  2. Emergency planning and response

    • Detailed guide
    • Department for Education
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News and communications

  1. Relationships and Sex Education for the 21st Century

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  2. PE and Sports Premium doubles to £320 million

    • Department for Education
    • News story
  3. Amanda Spielman's speech at the Birmingham Education Partnership conference

    • Ofsted
    • Speech
  4. PM: mental health training for teachers will "make a real difference to children's lives"

    • Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care, and Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street
    • Press release
  5. New report with practical advice for teachers on pupil behaviour

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
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Policy and engagement

  1. School exclusions review: terms of reference

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
  2. School exclusions review: call for evidence

    • Department for Education
    • Open consultation
  3. Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

    • Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, and Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
    • Consultation outcome
  4. Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions

    • Department for Education
    • Closed consultation
  5. School exclusion guidance: proposed revisions

    • Department for Education
    • Consultation outcome
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  1. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2016 to 2017

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
  2. Parental responsibility measures: 2016 to 2017 academic year

    • Department for Education
    • Official statistics
  3. Absence rates by gender, age and free school meal status

    • Department for Education
    • Transparency
  4. Pupils and their parents or carers omnibus survey

    • Department for Education
    • Research
  5. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2016 and spring 2017

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
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