Reduced Timetables

A child's right to full-time education and use of reduced timetables in schools


A brief guide for parents and carers.

What does the law say?

  • All children of compulsory school age have a right to receive full-time education.

  • Every school has a legal responsibility to provide full-time education for all of its pupils.

  • Parents and carers must ensure that their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.

When might a reduced timetable be used?

The use of a reduced timetable for your child should be an exceptional measure and can only be arranged with your agreement.  Reasons for a school and parent/carer (and the child him/herself, where appropriate) agreeing to a reduced timetable could include:

  • Medical reasons - where a pupil has a serious medical condition where recovery is the priority outcome.

  • As part of a short-term support package where a pupil is struggling in the school setting, perhaps with behaviour.

  • As part of a planned reintegration into school following an extended period of absence following, for example, exclusion, non-attendance or school refusal.

What if my child has Special Educational Needs?

If a pupil has an Education, Health and Care Plan any consideration of a reduced timetable must include liaison with Children and Family Services, Council of the Isles of Scilly. 

Further information and advice can be found by contacting the Statutory SEN Service (contact details below) or on the  Local Offer Website:

Who to contact
  • For advice and support relating to attendance at school

  • For advice and support relating to Special Educational Needs

Telephone: 0300 1234 105 Option 5