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Attendance Compliance - Penalty Notices / Prosecutions

Page last updated: 01/09/2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Attendance Compliance Team are committed to the principle that all children have the right to a suitable education. Regular school attendance is vital to enable children and young people to achieve their ambitions through:
  • education
  • training;
  • life-long learning
Our core function is to protect children's education. We do this by fulfilling the local authority's statutory functions in relation to school absence. If school-based interventions do not improve a child's attendance, we provide a structured response. This is free of charge to schools and academies. Legal intervention, in the form of penalty notice or prosecution, would take place as appropriate. 

Take a look at the current Essex Code of Conduct for issuing Penalty Notices (PDF).​ You should reference the code in your attendance policy. This is so that all parents are fully informed.

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