I'm a NQT in a year 5/6 class and have been asked to take my turn occasionally standing at the door where the year 3,4,5 and 6 children exit at the end of the day, which is at the back of the school. I'm bemused by the fact that I have no idea who most of these children go home with and the fact that most of their parents/carers wait at the school gates round at the front of the school. On the occasions I have done it, I have had to cajole a year 4 boy, who is suspect autistic and currently undergoing appraisal, to wait until either his gran or mum come for him and even then I have to take his word that the woman he points to and says is his mum actually is. Whilst many of my yr 5/6 children are collected (because they need transport) some go home alone. My question is, is there a law regarding the collection/release of children that dictates school policy (and where can I find it?) or does this haphazzard system happen elsewhere? I do intend to speak to my head teacher but would like to hear how other schools manage hometime.