Education penalty notices

3. Why a notice may be issued

An education penalty notice may be issued for:

  • unauthorised leave of absence including holidays in term time
  • parentally condoned absence where the parent is deemed capable but unwilling to address attendance problems (for example, a failure to engage with support measures)
  • a parent continually failing to provide an explanation for a pupil’s absence in accordance with the school’s procedures
  • the pupil having a record of unauthorised absences which appear to have been avoidable
  • a pattern of poor attendance that develops during a pupil’s final year of compulsory education
  • completion of a satisfactory investigation following a truancy sweep
  • a persistent late arrival after the school register has closed

This is not an exhaustive list and each case will be considered individually.