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Part Time Timetables


Children not attending school full time in the usual way, and/or following a part time timetable: responsibilities on schools and academies to ensure support for return to full time attendance is documented and takes account of safeguarding needs.

All pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to a full time education. In very exceptional circumstances there may be a need for a temporary part time timetable to meet a pupil’s individual needs.  For example where a medical condition prevents a pupil from attending full time education and a part time timetable is considered as part of the re-integration package.


A part time timetable must not be treated as a long term solution. Any pastoral support programme or other agreement must have a time limit by which point the pupil is expected to attend full time or be provided with alternative provision.


Of course, any decision about a part time timetable needs to have due and full consideration of any safeguarding and welfare risks, plus steps to prevent these; any vulnerabilities and risks must be fully regarded as part of your duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Not being in school full time can put children at significant risk, including risk of harm, neglect, abuse, exploitation and radicalisation, for example, as well as the risks of underachieving, poor outcomes, and becoming NEET.


Full consultation with, and agreement of, the children’s social worker should be sought where the child is CiN / has a Child Protection Plan and, in such cases, notification of the Part Time Timetable should also be sent to the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board by e-mailing


When they cease, email


Link to the attendance pages

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