This document describes the data included in the ‘Parental responsibility measures in England: 2020/21’ National Statistics release’s underlying data file. This data is released under the terms of the Open Government License and is intended to meet at least 3 stars for Open Data.
The methodology should be referenced alongside this data. It provides information on the data sources, their coverage and quality as well as explaining methodology used in producing the data.
Information on parental responsibility measures for attendance used by schools and local authorities to improve poor attendance in schools. The underlying data file includes national, regional and local authority-level information for England from 2009/10 through to 2020/21. Data is not available for 2019/20.
It includes data on:
penalty notices issued
penalty notices paid and withdrawn
prosecutions following non-payment of a penalty notice
cases entering the fast-track case management system (a process setting out actions and time frame for improving a child’s attendance)
parenting orders and parenting contracts
The information is based on local authority data collected through the parental responsibility measures attendance census. Refer to the methodology documentation for more information on data collection and coverage.
File formats and conventions
This dataset has not had suppression applied.
The following convention is used throughout the underlying data. ‘:’ Not applicable
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Parental responsibility measures underlying data
Local Authority; National; Regional
2009/10 to 2020/21
National and local authority data on penalty notices, cases entering fast-track case management, parenting orders and parenting contracts.
Variable names and descriptions
Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:
Total number of cases of attendance case management
Number of cases of attendance case management prosecuted
Reason for withdrawal of cases: attendance improved
Number of cases of attendance case management withdrawn
Reason for withdrawal of cases: other reason
Total number of pupil enrolments
Number of parenting contracts that were accepted by parent
Number of parenting contracts offered
Number of parenting orders made by the courts
Number of parenting orders implemented
Number of parenting orders not implemented
Reason for not implementing parenting orders: breach by parent
Reason for not implementing parenting orders: lack of provision
Total number of penalty notices (PNs) for unauthorised absences issued
Rate of penalty notices (PNs) for unauthorised absences issued per 100 enrolments
Total number of penalty notices paid within 28 days
Number of penalty notices paid within 21 days
Number of penalty notices paid between 22-28 days
Number of prosecutions following non-payment of penalty notice
Number of unresolved cases at the end of the period
Number of penalty notices withdrawn
Main reason for issue: Unauthorised family holiday absence
Main reason for issue: Arriving late
Main reason for issue: Absence due to other unauthorised circumstances
Number of education supervision orders issued in addition to prosecution
Number of education supervision orders issued in place of prosecution
Total number of education supervision orders issued
Reason for withdrawal: Issued outside of the terms of the local code of conduct
Reason for withdrawal: Where after the expiry of 28 days the penalty is unpaid and local authority do not wish to bring legal proceedings under s44
Reason for withdrawal: It appeared that the notice contains material errors
Reason for withdrawal: It ought not to have been issued or issued to the person named as the recipient
Data for 2020/21 includes a period of two months where measures were disapplied. See publication text or methodology for more information
Data for 2019/20 is not available as the data collection did not take place