This document provides a comprehensive guide to the parental responsibility measures in England statistics published by the Department for Education.
The key areas covered in this guide are:
- Background to published statistics and methodology
- Data collection and coverage
Requirements of parents in ensuring pupil attendance at school
The parent of every child of compulsory school age is required to ensure that the child receives an efficient full time education suitable to the child’s age, ability and aptitude, and any special educational needs the child may have either by attendance at school or otherwise. If parents choose to register their child at school, the law places a duty on the parents to ensure their child of compulsory school age attends school regularly.
Schools and local authorities can use a range of parental responsibility measures to provide support and/or sanctions to parents when their child’s attendance at school becomes a problem. The law gives schools and local authorities powers to offer parenting contracts and obtain parenting orders in relation to attendance. In addition, schools and local authorities can issue penalty notices to parents for failing to secure their child’s regular attendance at school or local authorities can decide to prosecute.