Attendance and the law
All children of compulsory school age must get a suitable, full-time education.
Once a child is registered in school (or other suitable education) it is the parents’ responsibility to make sure that they attend regularly. If regular attendance does not happen, the parent may be committing an offence and we (the local authority) may take legal action against them.
Legal measures may include fixed penalty notices, education supervision orders, parenting orders and prosecution in a magistrate’s court.
A parent includes any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility (as defined in the Children Act 1989) for a child or young person and any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person.
Having care of a child or young person means that a person with whom the child lives and who looks after the child, irrespective of what their relationship is with the child, is considered to be a parent in education law.