Fixed Penalty Notice

Amendments have been made to the 2007 Regulations in Education (Penalty notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulation 2013.  These amendments came into force on the 1st of Septmeber 2013.

Penalty notices (fines) are given to parents who fail to ensure their children's regular attendance at school or fail to ensure that their excluded child is not in a public place during the first five days of an exclusion period. Please note that fines can also be implemented where a child is consistently late to attend school.
 
Amendments to the 2007 regulations have reduced the previous timescale for paying a penalty notice so where a fine is implemented parents must now pay £60 if they pay within 21 days of the fine being issued; or £120 if they pay withing 28 days.   This brings attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices and allows the Local Authority to act fast on prosecutions.

As attendance officer for school I will always endeavour to work with parents prior to proceeding with issuing a fine to resolve the problem if it concerns persistent lates or absences.  In line with the Education Welfare Service, if your child's attendance or lates become an issue then you will be invited into school for an informal meeting to discuss the concerns we have.
If after this the problem continues you will then be invited to a formal panel meeting which consists of myself, a member of school's Senior Leadership Team and our local areas Education Welfare Officer.  

Please note that I will always endeavour to liaise with parents to resolve any issues you may have with getting your child to school, before further proceedings have to come into place.

Mrs Natalie Parkes
Attendance Officer