School attendance

School attendance

All children and young people have a right to education.

All children and young people have a right to be included, engaged and involved in their learning.

Parents/carers have a legal responsibility to provide efficient and suitable education to their child until they reach school leaving age.  For most children this means attending their local school for the recommended 25 hours for primary and 27.5 hours for secondary.

Good attendance and engagement in learning helps children and young people thrive, achieve their potential and realise a positive post school destination.   Absence from school can disrupt learning, hinder progress and delay identification of additional support needs

If a child has to be absent from school for any reason, parents should contact the school as soon as possible to explain the absence. If an explanation of the absence is not provided, the period will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. 

Stirling Council is committed to promoting good attendance and engagement in learning for all children and young people.  To support this, education establishments will focus on positive relationships and inclusive cultures.  Schools will work in partnership with children, young people and their families to help remove any barriers to regular attendance.

If you have any concerns about your child's attendance or engagement, contact your school as soon as possible so that early support can be identified.

Education in hospital or at home

Some children may suffer from periods of ill health or have a medical condition that means they are absent from school for a prolonged period.

Education at home or in hospital is usually provided by school staff who will liaise with the family arrange for age and stage appropriate materials. A home/hospital teacher can provide additional support as part of the team.