Attendance Policy

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Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school. (DfE)

The Government expects schools and local authorities to;

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and,
  • act early to address patterns of absence.
  • Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.
  • All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.

These requirements are contained in:

  • The Education Act 1996 - sections 434(1)(3)(4)&(6) and 458(4)&(5)
  • The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006
  • The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
  • The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
  • The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
  • The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Other documents :

Attendance & Truancy Hull City Council,113568&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

School attendance parental responsibility measures

Statutory guidance for local authorities, school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and the police

DfE: School Attendance. Departmental advice for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and LA – November 2016


  • DfE: Keeping Children Safe in Education. Statutory Guidance for schools and colleges – Sept 2016



DfE: Children Missing Education. Statutory Guidance – September 2016

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