Traveller pupils: absence and attendance
Understand the legislation around attendance expectations for Traveller pupils, and find advice on when to authorise absence and which absence codes to use.
Who are Travellers?
‘Traveller’ is a general term that covers a number of different groups:
- English and Welsh Gypsies
- Irish and Scottish Travellers
- Showmen (fairground people) and Circus people
- Bargees (occupational boat dwellers)
- New Travellers
This is explained in advice from the DfE (page 13).
Traveller children are expected to attend school regularly
Parents must ensure that, when their children are of compulsory school age, they are registered at a school and attend ‘regularly’.
However, parents of children with no fixed abode have a defence against prosecution if they can prove all of the following:
This applies to parents of pupils