In the UK there is apparently a £60 fine per child "per absence" (not sure if this is per day or per contiguous block of days) for taking them out of school.
Where is this fine legislated? The only thing I can find is the amended Education Act 1996 section 444 which says:
(1) If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence.
(1A) If in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (1) the parent knows that his child is failing to attend regularly at the school and fails to cause him to do so, he is guilty of an offence.
(8) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(8A) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1A) is liable on summary conviction—
(a) to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale, or
(b) to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both.
(Yes they can really send you to prison for going on holiday with your children. Insane law.)
Anyway, level 3 and 4 on the standard scale are £1000 and £2500 respectively. I can't find any mention of £60. So my questions are:
- Where is the £60 mentioned?
- Bonus: Does any legislation clarify whether the fine is per day or per contiguous block of days.
- Bonus: Does any legislation clarify what "regularly" means in the Education Act? I think one could argue that attending school for the entire year except 1 week is attending regularly.