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Education Welfare Service

Education Welfare Service

We support parents and schools in ensuring all children have acceptable levels of school attendance in Bedford Borough. 

By law, all children of compulsory school age must receive appropriate education. Should your child not attend the school where they are registered and are absent without a satisfactory reason, then the Education Welfare Service may have to consider taking legal action against you under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996

We also have responsibilities to do with protecting children from abuse and danger, protecting children in employment and licensing children in entertainment, modelling and sport.

School attendance

Holidays in Term Time

Penalty Notices

School Attendance and The Law

Education grants

Alderman Newton's Education Foundation Grant 

Free school meals

Employment and performance

Child employment

Child performance


Body of Persons Approval (BOPA)

Children missing from education

Children Missing Education Policy and Procedures

How to make a referral as a professional

Children Missing Education Referral Form - Schools should not complete this form

Possible Missing Referral Form



Who to contact


Where to go

Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
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Other Details

Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old