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 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. School leaving age

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

  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 exclusion
  4. School attendance: guidance for schools
  5. Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school
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News and communications

  1. First 'State of the Nation' report marks World Mental Health Day
  2. HMCI commentary: managing behaviour research
  3. Education Secretary calls for children to spend summer outdoors
  4. National mental health programme between schools and NHS
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Research and statistics

  1. A review of the literature on anxiety for educational assessments
  2. Period product scheme: the learner perspective
  3. Exploring moving to home education in secondary schools
  4. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2018 and spring 2019
  5. Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Restraint in mainstream settings and alternative provision
  2. School exclusions review: call for evidence
  3. Character and resilience: call for evidence
  4. Children not in school
  5. Period products scheme: impact assessment
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Responses to our research into knife crime
  2. Bullying in England: April 2013 to March 2018
  3. Schools, pupils and their characteristics: 2002 to 2009 data
  4. Absence rates by gender, age and free school meal status
  5. Safeguarding children and young people: memorandum of understanding between Ofsted and DfE
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