Compulsory Schooling Policies. EGPA (2006) Implementation and New Policies and Procedures Workshop – November 2006. Enforcement of compulsory schooling and compulsory participation provisions.
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EGPA (2006) Implementation and New Policies and Procedures Workshop – November 2006
“Each parent of a child who is of compulsory school age must –
When a child of compulsory school age is not enrolled in a school:
When a child of compulsory school age is absent without satisfactory reason:
“Each parent of a young person in the compulsory participation phase must ensure the young person is participating full-time in an eligible option, unless the parent has a reasonable excuse.”
When a young person in the compulsory participation phase is not participating
full-time in an eligible option:
Check, in cases moving towards prosecution, that all reasonable steps to support and encourage the parent to comply with the compulsory schooling or compulsory participation provisions have been taken as per the flowcharts, and that prosecution, as a last resort, is in the best interests of the child.
The underlying principle is that schools should support students and parents to meet the compulsory schooling or compulsory participation phase obligations, and that this at times requires proactive approaches and flexibility on the part of schools.
Three policies have been developed:
2. Flexible Arrangements
3. Exemptions from compulsory schooling and compulsory participation
Parents have a legislated obligation to ensure their child enrols at and attends school from a certain age.