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The Department of Education confirmed schools and local authorities will be able to issue fines of up to £120 to parents whose children do not attend school “without good reason”. The measures have been taken to ensure children return to school and catch up following months off due the coronavirus outbreak.
Education Secretry Gavin Williamson said: “Unless there is a good reason for absence, then we’d be looking at the fact that we would be imposing fines on families.”
Locall councils can give each parent a fine of £60, which rises to £120 each if it is not paid within 21 days.
If parents do not pay the fine after 28 days they may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school.
In guidance releasd by the Department of Education to parents, it reads: “It is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.
“Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Those with higher overall absence tend to achieve less well in both primary and secondary school. School attendance will therefore be mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.”
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