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This is a basic human right under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Equality and Human Rights Commission (2012)
UNICEF states that ‘Every child has the right to an education which develops their personality, talents and abilities to the full’.
Parents are responsible by law to ensure their children arrive on time and attend school regularly.
Parents of compulsory school age (five to sixteen) children have a legal duty to ensure their children receive suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise than at a school (this includes home education). If a child is registered at school, parents have the legal responsibility for ensuring that their child attends regularly. (Department for Education 2012.)
In total there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to:
What can parents and carers do to encourage school attendance?