It is your legal duty as parents / guardians to ensure the regular and punctual attendance of your child at school.MissSchoolMissOut-web

The time you have to prepare your child for his or her future is very important. Each year, there are just 190 statutory school days. If your child were to miss 1 day a week for their whole time at school, they would miss the equivalent of 2 years’ school! That would be like not starting school until you were 7 or leaving at 14.

Frequent lateness can also add up, and can mean your child missing vital work, which then has to be caught up. It also disrupts lessons and can earn your child a reputation that it would be better if they did not have. The law deals with lateness and non-attendance in exactly the same way. 

Your child’s education is more vital today than it has ever been in previous generations. Please help your child to use this opportunity to the full!

Why is school attendance important?

What can you do to help your child?

Make sure your child goes to school regularly, arrives on time, and keeps to the school rules. 


Useful websites

:-   School attendance - Department of Education for Northern Ireland 

:-  School attendance and absence - NI Direct

:-  School attendance and absence: the law - NI Direct