Truancy - helping your child attend school

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of your child playing truant:

  • Encourage regular school attendance.
  • Make sure they have the right uniform, PE kit, school bag, pencil case, books etc.
  • Attend parents' evenings and academic tutoring sessions.
  • Discuss their day with them.
  • Contact the school if your child is worried about something, causing reluctance to go to school.
  • Know the name of your child's class or form teacher and head of year/house (secondary school).
  • Let the school know the reason(s) for any absence and a likely return date, on the first day of the absence and update the school daily.
  • Make medical/dental appointments out of school time, whenever possible.
  • Do not take holidays during term time.