School attendance and absence

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

Services

  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 closures

    School closures happen because of an emergency like severe weather - check whether your child's school is closed on your local council website

  3. Education and attendance information from your council

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

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. School attendance: guidance for schools
  1. Children missing education

    • Statutory guidance
    • Department for Education
  2. Pupil absence statistics: guide

    • Guidance
    • Department for Education
See all guidance and regulation

News and communications

  1. Number of pupils regularly missing school falls to lowest level

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
  2. Fewer pupils regularly missing class than ever before

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
  3. 130,000 fewer pupils regularly missing school

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
  4. Primary school absence: government adviser calls for crackdown

    • Department for Education
    • Press release
See all news and communications

Policy and engagement

  1. Identifying children who are missing education
  1. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils: supporting access to education

    • Department for Education
    • Case study
  2. Improving attendance at school

    • Department for Education
    • Policy paper
See all policy and engagement

Transparency

  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. Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2016 and spring 2017

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
  5. Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2017

    • Department for Education
    • National statistics
See all transparency