In the Media

Truancy fines on holiday parents

PUBLISHED June 24, 2005

Parents who take their children on holiday in term time are coming back to fines of between £50 and £200 as the Government's tough new sanctions against truancy take effect.

More than 1,100 fixed penalty fines have been imposed and 11,500 fast-track prosecutions instituted since councils were given increased powers last November.
Most of the penalty notices are being used as a short, sharp shock for the parents of persistent truants but some councils are also punishing parents who take family holidays without the head teacher's permission.