Can a school place a pupil on a part-time timetable ?
As a rule 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 a re-integration package. A part-time timetable must not be treated as a long-term solution. A part-time timetable should not be used to manage a pupil's behaviour and must only be in place for the shortest time necessary. 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. There should also be formal arrangements in place for regularly reviewing it with the pupil and their parents. In agreeing to a part-time timetable a school has agreed to a pupil being absent from school for part of the week or day and therefore must record it as authorised absence.
All schools are required to report to the Local Authority, any pupils who are accessing a part time timetable, without delay.
If you are aware of any young person who is attending school part time (that the Local Authority may not be aware of), please alert the Behaviour and Inclusion Team directly via email BehaviourAndInclusion@redbridge.gov.uk.