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School education

Find out about children’s rights to education. Learn about home education and school admissions policies.

Find out what to do about problems at school such as truancy and bullying. Learn how you can get help with school costs, including free school meals, clothing and transport.

Compulsory school age

Explains at what age a child must, by law, start receiving an education, and the age at which they can leave school. Also explains the responsibilities of a local authority and parents to make sure children are educated.

Types of school

Information on types of schools including schools maintained by the local authority and independent schools.

Problems at school

Information on procedures for dealing with a problem at school including harassment and discrimination, bullying, truancy and exclusion.

Help with school costs

Information on free school meals and milk, help with school uniform, transport to school and discretionary grants.

Special educational needs

Advice and help if your child has special educational needs and what to do if you're not happy with the support they're getting at school.