The Secretary of State for Education has published notice to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus outbreak which temporarily disapplies offences relating to the failure of parents to secure regular attendance at school of a registered pupil.
Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the law has been relaxed so that the parent of a child of compulsory school age is not guilty of an offence on account of the child’s failure to attend regularly at the school at which the child is registered (section 444 of the Education Act 1996). Parents can be sure that they will not be prosecuted or receive a criminal conviction by not sending their children to school. The notice applies from 1st July 2020 to 31st July 2020.
Guidance on school behaviour and attendance - parental responsibility measures has been updated to reflect this.
The following guidance has also been published: