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Education welfare

We support parents and schools in ensuring all children have acceptable levels of school attendance in Bedford Borough. 

By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive appropriate education. Should your child not attend the school where they are registered and are absent without a satisfactory reason, then the Education Welfare Service may have to consider taking legal action against you under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996

We also have responsibilities to do with protecting children from abuse and danger, protecting children in employment and licensing children in entertainment, modelling and sport.


Penalty Notices

School attendance

Holidays in Term Time
School Attendance and The Law

Education grants

Free school meals
Alderman Newton's Education Foundation Grant 

Employment and performance

Child employment
Child performance
Chaperones
Body of Persons Approval (BOPA)

Children missing from education

Children missing from education
How to make a referral as a professional
Children Missing Education Referral Form - Schools should not complete this form
Possible Missing Referral Form
Child missing education procedure