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1. Introduction

2. What choice of school do I have for my child?

3. When must my child go to school?

4. May I teach my child at home?

5. What will my child be taught at school?

6. What should I be told about my child and their progress?

Schools must give you a written report on your child at least once a year. This must include information on their:

  • progress in all the national curriculum subjects they have studied;
  • progress in other subjects and activities;
  • general progress and attendance; and
  • results in any national curriculum tests or assessments.

The report should also tell you when you can discuss these with the school. This discusion usually takes place at a parents' evening.  The head teacher may have the report translated into another language if English or Welsh is not your first language.

The school must also keep a school record for your child. The record must include:

  • information on your child's progress; and
  • other records the school keeps on your child. (However, certain information cannot be shown or given to you or your child.)

Legally, you and your child have the right to a copy of your child's school record within 15 school days of you writing to ask for it.

If you don't agree with something in your child's school record, or you think there is a mistake in it, you have the right to write and ask the school's governing body to change it. If it won't give you your child's record, or make a change to it, you can contact the Information Commissioner or take legal action.


7. What do I have to pay for at school?

8. What can I do if my child is being bullied?

9. What rights does the school have to discipline my child?

10. What happens if my child can't go to school?

11. What say do I have in how the school is run?

12. What if I am not happy about my child's school or education?

13. How can I get the right education for my child if they have special needs?

14. Further Help

15. About this leaflet

This leaflet was published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with the Advisory Centre for Education.

Leaflet Version: November 2019

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