Starting and attending school

Apply for a primary or secondary school place, help with costs, dealing with problems, home schooling, term and holiday dates.


  1. Find and compare schools in England

    Check school performance tables (‘league tables’), Ofsted reports and financial information.

  2. Apply for a primary school place

    Apply for a state primary school place through your local council

  3. School term and holiday dates

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

  4. The national curriculum

    The English national curriculum means children in different schools (at primary and secondary level) study the same subjects to similar standards - it's split into key stages with tests

  5. Schools admissions

    Get a place for your child at a primary or secondary school - applications, deadlines, admission criteria, appeals and complaints

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Children missing education
  2. Summer-born children: school admission
  3. School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures
  4. Elective home education
  5. Parental responsibility: guide for schools and local authorities
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News and communications

  1. Sarah Teather sets out overarching vision for early years services in 'Nursery World'
  2. Elizabeth Truss speech to the Daycare Trust conference
  3. Teather: parents should have a greater say in their children’s centre
  4. Sarah Teather to the Family and Parenting Institute
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Research and statistics

  1. Home learning: the influence of early years providers
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Home education: call for evidence and revised DfE guidance
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