Academic Year 2020/21

Parental responsibility measures

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This release includes information on parental responsibility measures for attendance used by schools and local authorities to improve poor attendance in schools.

It includes data on:

  • penalty notices 
  • attendance case management
  • parenting orders and parenting contracts
  • education supervision orders

The information is based on local authority data collected through the parental responsibility measures attendance census.

Headline facts and figures - 2020/21

  • There were 45,800 penalty notices issued in the 2020/21 academic year.
  • The majority of those, 76%, were issued due to unauthorised family holidays. 
  • Less than 0.2% were issued for being late and the remainder issued for other reasons  
  • No data was collected covering the 2019/20. The last available data refers to 2018/19.

The data for 2020/21 shows a very large decrease in the use of all measures. During this period, attendance at school was heavily disrupted by the pandemic, and for two months measures were disapplied when schools were not open to all pupils.

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