Request a school attendance enforcement referral

You can use this form to request a school attendance enforcement referral.

The child must have had 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absence in a 3 month period.

Enforcement referrals will only be accepted after significant efforts have been made by schools to improve the pupil’s attendance. You'll need to give evidence to show the efforts that have been made.

Before you request an enforcement referral, you must:

  • refer to the advice and guidance given to schools about the staged attendance process to make sure that the correct steps have been taken before an enforcement referral is made
  • offer Early Help to a parent where appropriate to support attendance concerns
  • discuss and seek agreement about the referral with the pupil's lead professional or social worker, if they have one. If this has not been possible, you must contact your Education Welfare Officer for advice before making a referral

For unauthorised term time holiday or leave of absence of 10 or more consecutive sessions please request an Education Penalty Notice.

To use this form, you must be:

  • a member of staff in a Stockport school
  • authorised to access pupil records and information about the child

You must complete a separate form for each child.

Before you start

You’ll need to tell us:

  • details of the unauthorised absence
  • your details
  • details of the child
  • the child’s Unique Pupil Number (UPN)
  • where the child lives
  • who the child lives with – this is usually the child’s parent
  • details of the child’s lead professional or social worker, if they have one
  • details of the work undertaken by school with the family to improve attendance

You must upload the following evidence before a referral will be accepted:

  • the registration certificate report for primary schools or the lesson monitor for secondary schools
  • a record of contact or communication with parents about their child's attendance. This can include records of phone conversations, text messages, emails, face-to-face conversations and meetings
  • any letters sent to parents about the child’s attendance or absences. This should include the Stage 2 letter confirming that medical evidence will be needed before further absences are authorised
  • notes from at least 1 meeting with parents where attendance concerns have been discussed
  • evidence of the actions agreed with parents to improve their child's attendance. This should include outcomes, ideally as an action plan. This could be a Team Around the Child (TAC) or Team Around the Family (TAF) plan if there is one
  • evidence of Early Help involvement if there has been any. This could include an Early Help Assessment (EHA), a discussion with the Team Around the School (TAS) or School Age Plus involvement. If the involvement of other services is not considered appropriate, you must give evidence to show that this was considered
  • any relevant medical evidence
Start now

How we use your data

We primarily use your data for processing the referral. This may be shared within Stockport Family and other government departments in accordance with our organisational privacy notice. We never sell your data to third parties or use it to market to you without your consent.