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Pupils: Absenteeism

Question for Department for Education

UIN 13648, tabled on 27 October 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many fines for their child's non-attendance at school have been levied on parents in England in each year since 2005.

Answered on

4 November 2015

The number of penalty notices issued to parents for offences relating to Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 in each academic year since 2004/05 is set out online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/parental-responsibility-measures-academic-year-2012-to-2013.


The most recent data published by the Department for Education is for the academic year 2012/13. The department does not collect data regarding fines issued by the courts on this matter.


The Ministry of Justice publishes data on criminal justice system outcomes by offence in England and Wales. This information can be viewed at the following link under the offence category “112A Education Acts”:

www.gov.uk/government/statistics/criminal-justice-system-statistics-quarterly-december-2014