Manchester City Council

Schools & education Absence from School

The Importance of regular school attendance

The council wants all children to have the best possible attendance at school to enable each and every child to reach their full potential. 

There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results for children. Children who frequently miss school may fall behind in their work which may affect their future prospects.

Good school attendance also shows future employers that a young person is reliable, more likely to achieve well and play a positive role in their community.

Young people who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in, or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour.

In Manchester we work closely with schools and families to support them to achieve the best possible outcomes for Manchester children.

Your responsibilities as a parent

Parents and carers have a duty to ensure their child has a suitable education either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

Parental support is critical in ensuring that children achieve in education and support and guidance is always available at your child’s school.

All schools in Manchester have their own School Attendance Policy which outlines procedures and is available on request.

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