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School Attendance

Volume 100: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will introduce legislation to require the children of parents of no fixed abode to attend schools or participate in schemes of regulated education otherwise than at school; and if he will make a statement.

Under the Education Act 1944 it is already the duty of the parent of every child of compulsory school age to cause him or her to receive efficient education suited to his or her age, ability, and aptitude, and to any special educational needs he or she may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise. Local education authorities also have a duty under the Act to ensure that the parents of any children of compulsory school age in their area are performing this duty.