Importance Of Compulsory Education

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Education is compulsory for all primary aged children, as outlined by the Education Act 1880. Children are required to receive a full time education, which meets the pupil’s individual needs, (Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations Act 2016). Following this legal obligation imposed by the UK Government, statutory guidance has been introduced by the Department for Education to support all key parties involved with regulating children’s attendance at school, e.g. Children Missing Education 2016. This imposes a legal duty of care upon Local Authorities (LA’s) to monitor attendance and identify children who may be missing education. It also offers support to help LA’s address any absence issues. Subsequently, LA’s, Schools (including their staff) and parents are all required to ensure children of compulsory school age attend regularly.

As of 2017, attending school regularly was defined as ‘attending in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school’ and not sufficiently frequent attendance (The Supreme Court, 2017). By attending regularly, Corte suggested children would discover ‘the ability to apply meaningfully learned knowledge and skills, flexibly and creatively in different situations’ (2010, p.45). Peters supports a similar ideology, whereby education allows children to ‘link concepts in order to gain a wider understanding of the world’ (1966). Both of these views suggest that by attending regularly, children will learn meaningful knowledge and
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