25 Students required to enrol must attend school

(1)

Except as provided in this Act, every student of a registered school who fits into either or both of the following categories is required to attend the school whenever it is open:

(a)

a student who is required by section 20 to be enrolled at a registered school:

(b)

a student who is aged 5 and is enrolled at a registered school.

(2)

Every board shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that students who are required by subsection (1) to attend the school whenever it is open do so.

(3)

For the purposes of this section, a student attends a school on any day if, on the day,—

(a)

it has been open for instruction for 4 hours or more; and

(b)

the student has been present for 4 hours or more when it was open for instruction.

(3A)

Despite subsections (1) to (3), if a child is aged 5 and is enrolled at a registered school,—

(a)

the child’s parents, the principal, and the Secretary may agree a plan to help the transition of the child to school, depending on the particular needs of the child; and

(b)

the child is required to attend school in accordance with the plan.

(4)

Nothing in subsections (1) to (3) applies to a participating student who is enrolled at a registered school for the purposes of the secondary component of his or her secondary-tertiary programme, but he or she must attend the school for any portion of the programme as notified by the provider group or lead provider under section 31J.

(5)

Nothing in subsections (1) to (3) applies to an affected student.

(6)

An affected student must attend school for the whole of the time period (or periods) each day during which the student’s timetable is running.

(7)

A board that is running a multiple timetable arrangement must take all reasonable steps to ensure that an affected student attends the school for the whole of the time period (or periods) each day during which the student’s timetable is running.

(8)

In this section,—

affected student means a student who is required to attend school in accordance with a multiple timetable arrangement

multiple timetable arrangement means an arrangement under which more than 1 timetable is run on the same day (whether consecutively or concurrently).

Compare: 1964 No 135 s 117

Section 25(1): replaced, on 3 July 2017, by section 30(1) of the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 20).

Section 25(1)(b): amended, on 1 January 2020, by section 8(1) of the Education Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 18).

Section 25(2): amended, on 24 October 2018, by section 22 of the Education Amendment Act 2018 (2018 No 40).

Section 25(3A): inserted, on 3 July 2017, by section 30(3) of the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 20).

Section 25(3A): amended, on 1 January 2020, by section 8(2) of the Education Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 18).

Section 25(4): replaced, on 21 December 2010, by section 7 of the Education Amendment Act (No 3) 2010 (2010 No 134).

Section 25(5): inserted, on 13 June 2013, by section 9(2) of the Education Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 34).

Section 25(6): inserted, on 13 June 2013, by section 9(2) of the Education Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 34).

Section 25(7): inserted, on 13 June 2013, by section 9(2) of the Education Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 34).

Section 25(7): amended, on 24 October 2018, by section 22 of the Education Amendment Act 2018 (2018 No 40).

Section 25(8): inserted, on 13 June 2013, by section 9(2) of the Education Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 34).