What is Unauthorised absence from school?
An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Headteacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parent.
Can you still be fined for taking child out of school?
In a nutshell, if your child is at an English state school (private schools are exempt) and aged 5-16, you’re unlikely to get permission for a term-time holiday. If you take them out of school anyway, you could face a £60 fine or worse.
How much do parents get fined for taking child out of school?
Figures from the Department for Education (DfE) for 2017-18 show that local authorities issued 260,000 penalty notices to parents for unauthorised absences during the state school year, an increase of 110,000 compared with the previous year.
What happens if your child misses too much school?
If your child has finished 6th grade and is not 17 years old yet, they are truant if they have: 7 unexcused absences from school in a row or. 10 unexcused absences from school in one school year. If your child misses 1⁄2 a day or more, and the school considers that a “day,” it will count toward the limit.