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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
- 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
- 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