Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

In light of the current unprecedented times we find ourselves in, it is our intention that no parent will be penalised for any covid-19 absence.

All covid-19 related absences will be suspended with immediate effect and we will not issue any penalty notices for absences related to the covid-19 outbreak from 16 March for the foreseeable future.

Any cases currently in the system for absence incurred prior to 16 March will proceed in the usual manner.

However, there will be a 12-week extension to the 21 day deadline for payment of the lesser amount of £60. Failure to make payment within this period may result in further legal action.

The Early Intervention Service

Section 7 of Education Act 1996 places a duty on parents to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive efficient full-time education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

School attendance overview

The Early Intervention Service works closely with schools and other partners to promote and support regular attendance at school and where necessary, instigate measures to ensure parents fulfil their responsibilities in relation to education.

 

What do I do if my child is not attending school

Regular attendance at school is both a legal requirement and essential to help your child achieve and get the best possible start in life.  If you are experiencing problems with your child’s attendance, it is important that you work closely with school to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.  

Alternatively, for further guidance and support you can contact the Early Intervention Service on 01204 338173 or 01204 334202

If your child continues to miss school a penalty notice (PDF 36KB) may be issued and in certain cases legal means can be used to enforce school attendance.

Code of Conduct Penalty Notices.

 

How do I report a child who is missing education (CME)

Children missing education (CME) are children of compulsory school age who are neither on a school roll nor receiving suitable education at home or in alternative provision.

If you are aware of a child who is not registered at a school, you can notify the Children missing Education Officer on 01204 334036 or 01204 332319. 

Alternatively, you can email the details to childrenmissingeducation@bolton.gov.uk

Regular attendance at school is both a legal requirement and essential in order to help your child achieve and get the best possible start in life.