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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
  • prosecution

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.