Pupil wellbeing, behaviour and attendance

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


  1. School term and holiday dates

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

  2. School leaving age

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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  1. Keeping children safe in education
  2. Working together to safeguard children
  3. Mental health and behaviour in schools
  4. Health and safety: advice for schools
  5. Controlling access to school premises
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News and communications

  1. Funding boost to help pupils affected by domestic abuse
  2. Children and Families Minister speaks at safeguarding conference
  3. Projects to improve education for children with additional needs
  4. New relationships and health education in schools
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Research and statistics

  1. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2017 and spring 2018
  2. Investigative research into alternative provision
  3. Alternative provision market analysis
  4. Understanding KS4 attainment and progress: evidence from LSYPE2
  5. Mental health and wellbeing provision in schools
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions
  2. School exclusions review: call for evidence
  3. Alternative provision: response to the select committee report
  4. School exclusions review: terms of reference
  5. Alternative provision: vision and reform
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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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