Education supervision orders
Education supervision orders

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Education supervision orders
  • General
  • Prior to proceedings
  • Prohibition on proceedings
  • Criteria
  • Proceedings
  • Effect of an order
  • Length of order
  • Non-compliance
  • Discharge

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, ss 37-38 and CA 2020, Sch 16, Pt 1, para 3(1)(b)-(c), provides that where a temporary school closure order is in effect, the duties of parents and local authorities with regard to school attendance under sections 437-443 of the Education Act 1996 (EA 1996) do not apply and the offence of failing to secure regular attendance at school of a registered pupil under EA 1996, s 444 is to be disregarded. On 19 March 2020, the Secretary of State for Education announced the temporary closure of all schools and educational settings in England except for children of key workers and vulnerable children. This decision came into force at the end of the school day on 20 March 2020. See also the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit, which provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription). This Practice Note sets out the requirements for education supervision orders prior to the pandemic.


If there are concerns that a child is not being properly educated, but these are part of a wider picture of a child who is more generally suffering (or at risk of suffering) significant harm attributable to a lack of reasonable parental care, or that the child is beyond

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