Improving your child’s school attendance
What happens if my child misses school regularly?
If your child doesn’t attend school regularly, you could face one or more of these penalties:
- a fine (known as a ‘penalty notice’)
- a Parenting Order (that is, an order from a court telling you to improve your child’s school attendance)
- an Education Supervision Order, where a supervisor is appointed to help get your child back into education
- a School Attendance Order, where you’re given 15 days to provide evidence that you’ve registered your child with a school, or to prove that you’re educating them at home
You will be fined if you take your child on holiday during term time. If you do not pay a fine within 28 days, you may be prosecuted.
If you have a query about a payment of a penalty notice, email The County Attendance Team as soon as possible.
Email: [email protected]
Find out more about penalty notices and prosecutions for school absences.