All children of compulsory school age are legally entitled to a full-time education which is suitable for them, including their age, ability, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have.

As a rule, schools cannot put children of compulsory school age on a part-time timetable. Part-time timetables should only be used in exceptional circumstances such as to meet a pupil’s medical needs, and they should be time-limited.

A part-time timetable must not be treated as a long-term solution and should not be used to manage a pupil’s behaviour.

Use of a part-time timetable may be discriminatory. This will depend on whether the part-time timetable is a proportionate way of achieving a legitimate aim that the school may have in using it.

We have lots of resources on our website for children who have medical needs, special educational needs or a disability.