is it illegal to not go to school
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- stay in full-time education, for example at a college
- start an apprenticeship or traineeship
- spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training
You can leave school on the last Friday in June, as long as you’ll be 16 by the end of that school year’s summer holidays.
- children who will turn 5 between 1st January and 31st March are of compulsory school age at the beginning of the term after 1st April
- children who will turn 5 between 1st April and 31st August are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st September
- children who will turn 5 between 1st September and 31st December are of compulsory school age from the beginning of the term after 1st January.
Your parents, by law, must make sure that you are in full-time education from the term after your fifth birthday. This is called compulsory school age. From this age, you must either be in school or receive home education.
If your child is refusing to go to school then the police do not have any powers to make them go. Speak to the school and they will be able to offer support and assistance.
If your child is of compulsory school age and is registered at a school and fails to attend then you as the parent are guilty of an offence. It is the duty of the parent to ensure that your child receives an education.