Pupil wellbeing, behaviour and attendance

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


  • School term and holiday dates

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

  • School leaving age

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

  • 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

  • School uniform

    What happens if your child doesn’t wear their school uniform, what to do if you think your child's being discriminated against or you think the uniform should change.

  • School discipline and exclusions

    Schools can punish (discipline) pupils or exclude them - find out what schools are allowed to do, like search pupils for knives or drugs

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Guidance and regulation

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News and communications

  1. Projects to improve education for children with additional needs
  2. New relationships and health education in schools
  3. Schools not ‘silver bullet’ to tackling childhood obesity
  4. Pilot launched to boost early language skills and cut teacher workload
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Research and statistics

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Policy and engagement

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