School attendance and absence

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


  • School term and holiday dates

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

  • 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

  • Education and attendance information from your council

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

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Guidance and regulation

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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

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Policy papers and consultations

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Transparency and freedom of information releases

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