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Penalty Notices for unauthorised absence
Q: The headteachers of Local Authority maintained schools have the power under The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007 to issue Penalty Notices to parents if their children do not attend school when they should do.
For Academies and Free Schools:
(1) Do The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007 apply to Academies and Free Schools?
(2) If not, do the Principals of Academies and Free Schools have a similar power under other legislation, and if so which legislation?
(3) Under The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) Regulations 2007 LAs have to issue a local Code of Conduct which LA schools have to follow. Do Academies and Free Schools have to follow the Code of Conduct of the LA they are located in, or do they write their own Code of Conduct?
(4)What happens to fines paid under Penalty Notices issued by Academies and Free Schools? Dowe keep them for our own school funds or pass to DfE or LA?
1.Schools can use fines (or `penalty notices') and sanctions against parents, where there is unauthorised absence from school. These fines can be used by all schools - not just academies.
2. See above
3. All schools must follow a code set out by their local authority.
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