The Education Network for Waltham Forest
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School Attendance Orders (SAO)

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

A School Attendance Order (SAO) can be issued to parents/carers if the Local Authority are concerned that a child is not in receipt of suitable full time education.

A SAO is addressed to parents/carers and will include details of a named educational provision which the child should attend. Failure to comply with this order or to provide evidence of a suitable full time alternative could result in the parents being prosecuted.

For more information on School Attendance Orders please contact Joy Lewis, Court Lead for BAMCE, using the details below.