The education of our children is of the utmost importance to us - to enable every child to achieve their best, they have to be in school. Attendance is very closely monitored. We want all children to have an attendance percentage of 97 or above. Every child who falls below this percentage is monitored and actions taken (conversations, phone calls, letters, involvement of the Education Welfare Officer). Unless term time holidays fit one of our exceptional circumstances, they are not authorised.
School attendance and children missing education
Parent(s) and/or carer(s) must ensure their child is in education (Section 7, Education Act 2006).
Parents/Carers usually enrol their child in a school or make suitable provisions to fulfil this statutory requirement. The Education Attendance Service (EAS) fulfils Somerset County Council's statutory responsibility in ensuring parents and carers have their child attend school.
About this service
The EAS makes suitable checks to identify any child missing from education. This may include home visits, school attendance sweeps and contacting known family members, liaising with police, housing groups and the health service. In Somerset, Education Welfare Officers (EWO's) are responsible for carrying out these duties. Each school in Somerset has a named officer who can be contacted via the school.
Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3WF
Contact no: 0845 345 9122
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, closed Sunday.