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Reduced timetables (part-time attendance)

What does the law say?

  • All children of compulsory school age have a right to receive full-time education.
  • Every school has a legal responsibility to provide full-time education for all of its pupils.
  • Parents and carers must ensure that their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.

A child is of 'compulsory school age' in the term following their 5th birthday.

Compulsory school age ends on the last Friday of June during the school year that the child becomes 16.

The use of a reduced timetable for your child should be an exceptional measure and can only be arranged with your agreement.  Reasons for a school and parent/carer (and the child themselves where appropriate) agreeing to a reduced timetable could include:

  • Medical reasons - where a pupil has a serious medical condition where recovery is the priority outcome.
  • As part of a short-term support package where a pupil is struggling in the school setting, perhaps with behaviour.
  • As part of a planned reintegration into school following an extended absence following, for example, exclusion, non-attendance or school refusal.
  • Schools must seek your agreement before your child attends on a reduced timetable.
  • Schools must review the arrangement regularly - at least every six weeks.
  • Schools must involve you in their regular reviews of the arrangement and seek your agreement at each stage.
  • All schools must report the arrangement to Cornwall Council as soon as it is set up and send updates each time the arrangement is reviewed.

You should discuss this with the school.  Any agreement about a reduced timetable must be made between you and the school.  However, if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan any consideration of a reduced timetable must include the Local Authority.

You should discuss this with the school.  Any agreement about a reduced timetable must be made between you and the school.  However, if your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan any consideration of a reduced timetable must include the Local Authority.

If you are still not happy with the arrangement following your discussion with the school you can contact the Local Authority using the details at the bottom of this page.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan any consideration of a reduced timetable must include the Local Authority.  You can get further information and advice by contacting the Statutory SEN Service (contact details below) or by having a look at the Local Offer.

If you need any support or advice relating to your child's attendance at school, please contact the Education Welfare Service (using the details on this page).

For Special Educational Needs advice contact the Statutory SEN Service on 01872 324242.

If you are concerned that Cornwall Council is not aware of the reduced timetable arrangement or you are unhappy with the arrangement please email schoolaccess@cornwall.gov.uk