You are hereHantsweb HomeGuidance for parents/carersPossible penalties

Inspection and Advisory Service (HIAS)

Possible penalties for non-attendance

Once you have registered your child at a school it is your responsibility to make sure that she/he attends regularly and punctually. If you fail to do so the Local Authority has a statutory duty to consider legal action to enforce school attendance. There are a number of legal and other avenues that the Local Authority can pursue, these include:

  • being issued a voluntary parenting contract
  • being included in the fast track system which means you will be given 12 weeks to improve your child's attendance
  • receiving a fixed penalty notice. This is a fine of £60 per parent/carer for truancy, holidays in term time or poor attendance/punctuality
  • being prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Court. This means you could receive a community order, a fine of up to £2,500 per parent/carer or a custodial sentence
  • your child being issued with an education supervision order. This is an order where the child attends court and certain measures are put in place regarding attendance at school.
Code of conduct - issuing Penalty Notices for unauthorised absence from schools Download Acrobat Reader to view this PDF 211kb