Non Attendance (Fixed Penalty Notices)
The Welsh Government has introduced important amendments to legislation regarding school attendance. The Education Act 1996 makes it a criminal offence for a parent to "fail to secure their child's regular attendance at the school". The new amendments include a penalty notice scheme. This means that from September 2014 a headteacher can request the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice for irregular attendance of a child or young person registered in their school. This includes pupils who attend an alternative education provision arranged by the Council.
Examples of when a Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued
Where at least 10 sessions (5 schools days) are lost to unauthorised absences (these do not need to be consecutive). You will receive a formal notification from the Head teacher explaining the actions that may be taken.
Holidays in term time
A Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued for unauthorised leave of absence for 10 sessions (five school days) or more during term time; these have to be consecutive school days.Persistent late arrival – at least 10 sessions of late arrival at school after the register has closed (there are two sessions in a school day, morning and afternoon).
Where a child or young person comes to the attention of the Police during school hours for being absent from their registered school without an acceptable reason.
- £60 per parent per child if paid within 28 days
- £120 per parent per child if paid after 28 days and before 42 days
- After 42 days you will receive a summons to appear before the Magistrate' court
Further information is available in the Local Code of Conduct - Education Fixed Penalty document.
Last Modified: 05/11/2015
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