School attendance and absence

Punctuality, improving outcomes, parental responsibility measures, school leaving age and school closures.


  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. Education and attendance information from your council

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

  5. 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

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Guidance and regulation

  1. School attendance: guidance for schools
  2. Children missing education
  3. Pupil absence statistics: guide
  4. School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures
  5. Parental responsibility: guide for schools and local authorities
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News and communications

  1. Number of pupils regularly missing school falls to lowest level
  2. Fewer pupils regularly missing class than ever before
  3. 130,000 fewer pupils regularly missing school
  4. Primary school absence: government adviser calls for crackdown
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Research and statistics

  1. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2017 and spring 2018
  2. Pupil absence in schools in England: 2016 to 2017
  3. Parental responsibility measures: 2016 to 2017 academic year
  4. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2016 and spring 2017
  5. Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2017
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Identifying children who are missing education
  2. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils: supporting access to education
  3. Improving attendance at school
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Schools, pupils and their characteristics: 2002 to 2009 data
  2. Absence rates by gender, age and free school meal status
  3. Average annual student absenteeism and truancy in the last 5 years
  4. Children taken off school registers
  5. Data from the education maintenance allowance pilot schemes
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