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Impact of missing school

Consequences of missing school- Nottingham City Council

Q. Why attend every day?

A.  . Your child should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause like illness. Reasons for missing school such as shopping and birthdays are not acceptable. Don't let your child get left behind.

Q. What are the social consequences?

A. Children who miss a lot of school may feel left out at school. They will not have the same shared experiences as their classmates and may find it difficult to follow what is going on in the classroom. Missing learning away, special events and break time may affect their ability to make friends at school. Being in school gives students more time to interact with teachers and classmates.

Q. What should I do if my child is off school?

A. Telephone your child's school as early as possible on the first morning of their absence to give the reason. Any absence should be authorised by your child's Head Teacher. Any routine dentist and doctor appointments should be made after school or during holidays. You will be asked for a medical certificate or appointment card if your child is regularly absent due to illness or dental/medical appointments.


Q. Can I be prosecuted if my child's attendance is poor?

A. The local authority has a number of legal powers it can use. These include school attendance orders, education supervision orders and penalty notices. Authorised local authority staff, police officers and headteachers can issue penalty notices. The penalty is £60, rising to £120 if not paid within 28 days. If you fail to pay a penalty fine, you will be prosecuted. You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or in extreme cases a jail sentence of up to three months.