School Attendance

City of Wolverhampton Council has a duty to promote good school attendance for all children registered at their schools.

Attending school regularly is very important for children’s future. Children who miss school frequently are more likely to:

  • fall behind with their school work
  • do less well in their exams
  • be involved in antisocial behaviour or crime

As a last resort, schools may request that the Local Authority Attendance Team use its statutory legal powers to address poor school attendance levels.

Statutory responsibilities

The 1996 Education Act (s7) places a legal responsibility upon parents/carers to make sure that their child fully attends their registered school. This means that your child must attend school every day and on time. This is unless parents/carers can prove that the absence was either:

  • with the authorisation of the school, or
  • was unavoidable

Penalty Notices

It is the law that all holidays in term time (now called leave of absence) must be agreed to by the Headteacher/ Principal before the holiday is taken. For further details see Holiday in term time - penalty notices

The Local Authority Attendance Team

The Team consists of experienced Education Welfare Officers. We support schools, children and families to raise achievement by promoting:

  • High levels of attendance
  • attend school regularly
  • be punctual
  • prevent any absence
  • prevent disengagement from school

How we work

The team works through whole-school approaches, providing early intervention and targeted support to pupils and families to address personal and social issues.

We hold meetings in schools and arrange home visits and telephone calls to offer support to families to deal with any attendance-related issues. This helps develop positive working relationships with parents and professionals and helps to improve the life outcomes for everyone we work with.

The Attendance Team also assists the local authority in meeting its statutory requirements with regard to children who do not attend school regularly, monitoring Children Missing from Education and Elective Home Education.

What we offer

Our goal is to identify any barriers stopping children from attending school. Then we work in partnership with parents/carers and other services to remove these barriers.

Working with schools and academies, we provide advice to help with:

  • accessing education
  • school attendance
  • addressing personal and social issues

Support can take a range of forms including:

  • proactive support
  • one-on-one intervention
  • advice and guidance
  • legal action
  • signposting to other agencies

School Responsibilities

Schools’ responsibilities relating to attendance, detailed in the Education Regulations, include:

If a school has a concern about a pupil's absence, they should intervene early. They should record any contact with the pupil, parents/carers and other agencies. Schools must produce this as evidence if legal intervention is later used.

    Contact Us

    For more information, please contact the Local Authority Attendance Team

    Local Authority Attendance Team
    Priory Green Building
    Whitburn Close
    West Midlands WV9 5NJ

    Phone: 01902 550621

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