All children between the age 5 and 17 must receive a full time education that is suited to their age, ability, aptitude and special educational needs (SEN).

Responsibilities and Rights

In England, all children between the age 5 and 17 must receive a full time education that is suited to their age, ability, aptitude and special educational needs (SEN). In 2015 this will be changed to between age 5 and 18.

Local education authorities are obligated to provide a free school place for all children who are of compulsory school age’ and must also find a school or sixth form college place for young people aged 16 to 19 who want one.

For more details on Access to and Education Responsibilities and Rights, follow this link.

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum, introduced to England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1992, defines a set of subjects and standards to be used by primary and secondary schools to ensure that all pupils receive a balanced education.

Scotland has its own distinctive and flexible qualification framework that is separate from the National Curriculum and is not set by law, placing responsibility on local authorities and schools.

Supporting your child at school

Full details of a parent's legal responsibilities, advice on supporting your child at school and all aspects of parent involvement can be found at this link.

A series of guides for parents to assist their children to achieve their full academic potential are available from howtobecome.com:

Children with special educational needs 

A complete guide to special eductional needs can be found at GOV.UK.

If your child has a statement of special educational needs (SEN) which includes transport requirements, your council must provide them. For details follow this link.

Information for parents and carers about special educational needs is available  from NHS England.

Information Support on Education

A comprehensive guide to organistaions offering advice and support can be found from CitizensAdvice.

School Term Dates

To view school term and holiday dates in your area, follow this link.

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