Education penalty notices

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