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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.