When can we use reduced timetables for pupils?
There must be exceptional circumstances
Because pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to a full-time education, reduced or part-time timetables are only allowed in exceptional circumstances, where:
- There's a specific need for a pupil – for example, a medical condition prevents them from attending full-time education and a part-time timetable is part of a planned re-integration
- It's in the pupil's best interests
- It's on a temporary basis, stating when they're expected to return to school full time. It must not be a long-term solution
What counts as exceptional circumstances?
It’s up to the headteacher to decide what counts as exceptional circumstances.
A family bereavement prevents a pupil from attending full-time education A medical condition like anxiety has become a barrier