School attendance and absence

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

Services

  • School term and holiday dates

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Education and attendance information from your council

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

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