School Attendance

In all cases of poor school attendance it is essential that early action is taken to prevent escalation of the situation. Early intervention to prevent emerging patterns of absence, and making full use of the support available from the Local Authority's (LA) Prevention Service and other agencies, helps address problems that are beyond the capacity of the school to deal with unaided.

Local Authority/School Responsibilities- Legal Intervention:

There are occasions when legal action is the appropriate course of action if ear;y help does not bring about the required improvements. The following document sets out the roles and responsibilities of schools, including Academies and Free Schools, with regard to unauthorised absence. It also gives links to documentation which may be used for this purpose.

School Attendance - Advice and Requirements of All Schools for Consideration of Legal Enforcement by the Local Authority - Updated March 2015

Parent/Carer Responsibilities:

All parents who have children of compulsory school age are responsible in law for ensuring that their children receive an suitable education.

Find out more in the PDF document below:

Information for Parents/Carers - Rights and Responsibilities

Formal Attendance Procedures: Template Letters and Proforma

Appendix 1: Extract of Education Act 1996 Section 444 Offence

Appendix 2: School Attendance

Appendix 3: Index- Attendance- Templates and Proforma

Letter 1: Lateness April 2016

Letter 2: Under Percentage Letter April 2016- Amended

Letter 3: Home Visit/Meeting in School

Leg 1: Initial Warning Letter

Leg 1(a): Time Restricted Attendance Procedures 

Leg 1 (b): Information for Parents - Rights and Responsibilities 

Leg 2: Invite to Panel Meeting

Leg 3: Attendance Panel Meeting Proforma

Leg 4: Letter and Notes of Panel Meeting

Leg 5: Failure to Attend Panel Meeting 

Leg 6: Required Level of Attendance Achieved 

Leg 7: Letter of Invite to Pace Caution Formal Interview

Leg 8: Transcript of Pace Caution Formal Interview

Leg 9: Letter of Decision from Pace Caution Formal Interview

Leg 10: Cert of Absence

Leg 11: Model Witness Statement

Leg 12: Education/CSC Consultation- ESO

Leg 13- School Report- ESO

Leg 14- Certificate of Attendance- ESO

Penalty Notices

In North Yorkshire, Penalty Notices are issued in accordance with the North Yorkshire County Council's Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices which can be downloaded below.

Index- Penalty Notices- Templates/Proforma

PN 1 15 Day Warning Letter

PN 2 Certificate of Attendance

PN 3 Model Witness Statement: Amended

PN 4 Certificate of Attendance: Unauthorised leave of Absence

PN 5 Model Witness Statement Unagreed Leave

PN 6 Application for Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstance

PN 7 Letter Not Authorising Leave

PN 8 Letter Authorising Leave: Amended

PN 9 Model Witness Statement - Found in a Public Place (Exclusion)

PN 10 Model Letter (Exclusion)

Appendix 5 - Code of Conduct for Penalty Notices

Useful Downloads

School Attendance- Legal Requirements

Information for Parents - Rights and Responsibilities April 2016

Local Authority Requirements for Legal Intervention April 2016

DfE Statutory Guidance: School Attendance- Nov 2016

DfE: Parental Responsibility Measures for School Attendance and Behaviour

DfE Statutory Guidance: Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions About Penalty Notices - Information for schools concerning unagreed leave of absence in term time.

Isle of White Council (Appellant) v Platt (Respondent)

School Attendance- Advice and Requirements: Updated September 2017

Appendix 1- Extract from the Education Act 1996 s444

Appendix 2- Information for Parents/Carers

Appendix 3- NYCC Code of Conduct for the Use of Penalty Notices

Appendix 4- School Attendance Orders

Related Pages

Children Missing from Education

Prevention Service


Attendance and Enforcement Officer
Tel: 01609 798013

Attendance and Enforcement Officer
Tel: 01609 797232