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Education penalty notices

The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007

The 2007 regulations set out the procedures for issuing penalty notices (fines) to each parent/carer who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school or fails to ensure that their excluded child is not in a public place during the first five days of exclusion.

The issuing of Penalty Notices is considered appropriate when:

  • Absence from school when the pupil has been taken on a holiday that has not been approved by the school/academy and recorded as unauthorised absence and contributes to a total of at least 10 unauthorised absence sessions (five days) during any given term
  • Where a pupil has incurred ten unauthorised absences during a school term due to non school attendance

Each parent may receive a separate Penalty Notice for each child taken out of school or failing to attend.

The Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

These penalty notices will require the recipient to pay a fine, currently £60 if paid within 21 days, or £120 if paid within 28 days. Failure to pay will result in court proceedings in the Magistrates court.