DfE Clarification of Legislative Expectations
This is the DfE’s position as expressed to two children and their parents who sought to challenge the current legal framework. They have given permission for us to share the information to help other parents who may be going through the same issues.
The letter includes clarifications of DfE expectations in relation to authorising absence from school, and alternative provision if children are unable to attend school.
Square Peg & NFIS wrote to DfE Minister Nick Gibb in 2019 outlining our concerns about practices related to the authorisation of school absence and use of attendance codes. We received this letter in response
NFIS LEAFLET 2019 (pdf)Download
NFIS IS MY CHILD REALLY FINE IN SCHOOL? (pdf)Download
NFIS SIGNS of SCHOOL REFUSAL (pdf)Download
NFIS TOP TIPS FOR MEETINGS (pdf)Download
NFIS RECORD OF INCIDENTS & ACTIONS TEMPLATE (dotx)Download
NFIS FORCING ATTENDANCE (pdf)Download
NFIS A MENTAL HEALTH CONVERSATION IS NEEDED (pdf)Download
NFIS SCHOOL ABSENCE DUE TO ILLNESS (MENTAL or PHYSICAL) (pdf)Download
NFIS KEY ADVICE (pdf)Download
NFIS CONSIDERING HOME EDUCATION (pdf)Download
NFIS PROFESSIONALS WORKING TOGETHER (pdf)Download
NOT FINE IN SCHOOL Dec2017 (pdf)Download
You can download and amend our model letters to use for your own purposes. You should read the relevant section of the site about each topic first to ensure you understand how and when to use these resources.
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