Education Welfare Service (EWS)
Schools are currently closed to most pupils. If you require information about educating your child during this period, please contact your child’s school first as they have resources or can signpost you to appropriate websites.
The Education Welfare Service supports good school attendance and high standards of pupil welfare. We work with
- and families
We can give advice on matters relating to school attendance, child protection and bullying. We will also work with pupils who are finding it difficult to attend school and help them to attend school regularly.
The EWS fulfils the council's statutory duty to ensure that all children attend school regularly.
Where children do not attend school regularly, and there is no good reason for such absence, the EWS will use the full range of statutory powers, including court action and the issuing of fixed penalty notices, to ensure that this happens.
- School attendance and truancy
Frequently asked questions around school attendance and truancy
- Elective Home Education
Information and guidance on educating your child at home
- Exclusions from school
Guidance intended to draw upon good practice to ensure that the difficult and sometimes complex issues surrounding exclusion are managed by our schools in line with guidance and natural justice
- Non school attendance fixed penalty notice
Local code of practice of non school attendance
- Children Missing Education (e-form)
Members of the public and professionals can inform the Council if they suspect or know of children who do not have a school place
- Chaperone service
Application for a chaperone licence and guidance
- Child employment
Information and guidance on child employment and licences
- Performance/stage licences for school age children
Information and application for a performance or stage licence for school aged children
Parents/carers who have any concern about bullying in their child’s school should discuss any concerns with the school at the earliest opportunity
Education Welfare Service
River Park House
225 High Road
Tel: 020 8489 3866
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