Types of school

There are many types of school but most children/young people will be registered on the roll of a state mainstream school and will be expected to access 25 hours per week of full-time education.

All children in England between the ages of 5 and 16 (statutory school age) are entitled to a free place at a state school.

It is useful to know what type of school your foster child is attending, as it will have implications for the curriculum s/he will follow and the qualifications available.

Also, if your child requires a school place, the type of school may have implications for the application.

More information about types of school is available from the DfE website: https://www.gov.uk/types-of-school/overview

School Term dates

Every local authority publishes school term dates on its website, however many schools determine their own term dates which differ from those identified by the local authority.

Term dates can be checked online on the school's individual website, so please do so before booking holidays so that clashes are avoided.

For every 5% of possible school sessions missed, and for every additional day missed as a result of fixed-term exclusions, there is a price to be paid in reduced GCSE grades. Even a 5 day absence can impact on a child's learning, particularly when coupled with other unavoidable absences (medical checks, etc.) the increased school absence will prove a significant detriment to their progress.

What should I expect from my child’s school?

Whatever type of school your child attends you should expect them to have an understanding of your child's educational needs; this includes social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs as well as academic needs.

School staff should have an understanding of attachment issues and strategies to support children who have experienced trauma. Training for schools can be accessed through the Leicestershire Virtual School's Attachment and Trauma Awareness programme. Ask your school if their staff have accessed this training.