Education penalty notices
Last updated 16 December 2021
1. About education penalty notice's
Education penalty notices are fixed penalty notices aimed at reducing the levels of unauthorised absence from schools.
They're mainly used as a measure to address attendance problems at an early stage before they come entrenched. However, they can also be used as a response to unauthorised term time holidays.
Things to know about penalty notices
- they're fixed penalty fines and are issued to parents in relation to unauthorised absences of their children from school
- the Local Authority, schools or the police can issue them, although we issue penalty notices on behalf of these agencies
- Education Penalty Notices impose a fixed penalty fine upon each parent
- the level of the fine is £60 which increases to £120 if unpaid after 21 days
- upon payment a parent’s legal liability in respect of the relevant period of absence is discharged. Also, they cannot be prosecuted for the period of non-attendance in question