Part-time timetables

Department for Education guidance states that all pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to a full-time education.

In very exceptional circumstances, where it is in a pupil’s best interests, there may be a need for a temporary transition timetable to meet their individual needs.

For example, where a medical condition prevents a pupil from attending full-time education and a transition timetable is considered as part of a re-integration package. A transition timetable should be in place for the shortest time necessary and not treated as a long-term solution and should not be used to manage a pupil’s behaviour.

The pupil, parents and all professionals must agree with the timetable offered which is signed by the parents. Arrangements should be made for regular reviews and must be with the pupil, parents and other professionals. We recommend every 4-6 weeks.

Schools must record the sessions when the child is not in school through the agreement as an authorised absence.

To meet Ofsted requirements, schools of all types (including independent schools) must report part-time arrangements to us. Schools must then update us monthly by resubmitting the form, so we can take further action if needed.  

This form will take 10 minutes to complete.

Complete a separate form for each child who is subject to a part-time timetable (PTT) prior to the start of  PTT and on the day  PTT ends.

Provide details of a temporary part time school timetable

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Page last reviewed: 09 August 2023