School Attendance

As a parent you are legally responsible for making sure that your child goes to school.  If they can not go for any reason you should tell the school and they may authorise the absence.

We can offer support to children young people and their families to enable access and engagement with education by working in partnership with children young people, their families and schools to promote regular school attendance and participation. Each school has a named Education Welfare Office to request support or advice. Referrals can be made by parents, young people schools or any other agencies working with a family where school attendance has been identified as an issue.

If there is still no improvement we will:

  • Write to you to offer help and support
  • Ask you to attend a Parenting Contract Meeting to set targets for your child’s attendance.
  • If there is still no improvement we may take legal action.
Penalty Notice Protocol

Children Missing Education

A child is classed as missing from education if they are of compulsory school age but are not registered at a school nor being taught privately or through alternative education.

We work with schools to make sure all children missing education are found.

Home Tuition

In line with the statutory guidance from the DFE (DFE-00393-2014), Halton offers a bespoke tuition package to all Halton resident pupils on roll at an LA maintained school, Academy, Faith School or Free School, who have a professionally-diagnosed medical condition which means they will miss 15 or more school days in any one academic year.

What happens for pupils who have missed 15 consecutive days (or where medical evidence is provided in advance that they will do so)?

Halton will hold a tuition planning meeting to arrange a bespoke tuition plan. The plan should ensure full-time provision is put in place unless the medical evidence advises the pupil is only fit to engage with a reduced timetable.  The tuition plan will always be guided by the relevant medical professional advice. The tuition plan ceases if the pupil is subsequently declared fit to return to school.

Who attends the Tuition Planning Meeting?

This should be attended by the relevant medical professional who has certified the pupil as unfit to attend school (or by his/her appointed representative), a representative from the school where the pupil is currently on roll, the Teacher-in-charge at the Home Tuition Centre, the Education Welfare Officer responsible for pupils with medical conditions, the parent(s)/guardian and the pupil. Additional agencies may also be invited. The Tuition Plan may include any of the following:

Home Tuition Centre

The HTC is a small unit (max 10 students) located in Dundalk Road, Ditton, Widnes.  It offers independent learning, with support, 5 mornings a week.  Students’ complete work set by the school where they are on roll. Support is offered by a qualified learning mentor and a qualified teacher. Schools and other agencies can arrange for staff to work 1:1 with pupils.

1:1 Tuition

Specialist tutors work with pupils in Community Centres, Children’s Centres etc for sessions up to 2 hours.  The work should be provided and assessed by the school where the pupil is on roll.  In exceptional circumstances, when this is specified by the medical professional, 1:1 tuition may take place in the home. Prior to this commencing a home visit must be undertaken by the responsible Education Welfare Officer to ensure Health and Safety and Safeguarding requirements are met.


This is an on-line learning package which may be appropriate for support in a specific subject or in addition to either of the above to ensure a full-time provision is offered.  NISAI provides access to “live” lessons with qualified, specialist teachers in addition to a range of other support packages including a library of stored lessons and PHSCE.

When is the Tuition Plan Reviewed?

It will be reviewed every half term and it is expected that all relevant parties will attend the meeting.

What about Exams?

The school where the pupil is on roll will be responsible for examination entries and ensuring all aspects of any examinations are completed. Pupils who remain “fit-for-school” but have a medical condition which means they will miss a total of 15 or more school days, as a result of the medical condition during any one academic year. For pupils in this category, Halton will provide bespoke “top up” tuition. The amount of “top up” provided will reflect the number of school sessions missed as a result of the medical condition and will be tailored to the individual needs of the pupil. “Top-up” tuition will be reviewed every half-term and will cease if advice is received that the pupil no longer has the medical condition or where it will no longer cause the pupil to miss 15 or more school days in any one academic year.

Child employment and entertainment requirements

Child Performance Licence

If any child, including those of compulsory school age, is involved in a performance (including modelling or TV work) they must be licensed by the Local Authority and properly chaperoned. Any licence application must be made by the Producer, or other person who is organising the performance, at least 3 weeks before the performance.  Applications received after this cannot be guaranteed in time for an event.

Child Work Permit

Any child aged 13 to 16 who is in paid employment must have a work permit.  Children who are 16 still require a permit until the last Friday in June of the academic year in which they reached 16 years of age.  Children under 13 are not allowed to work.  The person employing the child is required to apply for the work permit. If they do not they can be fined up to £1,000.

Chaperone Licence​

Licenced Chaperones are used in place of a parent and can supervise up to 10 children. An application to become a licenced Chaperone must be made at least 6 weeks before it is required, to allow for DBS and reference checks to be undertaken.  Applications received after this cannot be guaranteed in time for an event.

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