Parents are legally responsible for their child attending regularly
All children of compulsory school age must receive a suitable full-time education.
- Must make sure their child is regularly attending school or 'otherwise' (i.e. another suitable alternative)
- Are guilty of an offence if their child doesn't regularly attend school
This is set out in section 7 and section 444(1) of the Education Act (1996).
The DfE reiterates that responsibility for ensuring attendance lies with parents, including care givers or anyone with 'parental responsibility', in its statutory guidance for schools on page 5.
Neither the legislation nor the DfE’s guidance explains what is meant by 'regular' attendance, and there is no minimum number of days per year that a child needs to attend. However, your local authority (LA) by law must set out in its code of conduct what level of absence will lead to action being taken, so check with