DoE: Parents should 'not discount' school penalty notice

Poor attendance at school can have a hugely damaging effect, and children who attend school regularly are nearly four times more likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs than those who are regularly absent.

That is why we have given schools more power to tackle poor attendance and allowed them to intervene much earlier. We have also increased the amount parents can be fined for unauthorised absences and cut the amount of time they have to pay.

Parents should never simply discount a possible penalty notice from the cost of a cheaper holiday, because this is a criminal offence and when doing so they are always risking prosecution.”

– Department of Education spokesperson

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Parents fined over term time holiday

A couple have been fined £630 after taking their three children on holiday to Greece during the school term time and refusing to pay a subsequent fine.