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School attendance fixed penalty notice code of conduct

 

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Consultation documents

Code of conduct

Consultation document

Background and information

Parents and carers are responsible for making sure that children of compulsory school age (five to 16 years) receive efficient full-time education that is suitable for their age, ability, and aptitude as well as meet any special educational needs the child/children may have under Section 7 of the Education Act 1996.

If a child of compulsory school age registered at a school fails to attend regularly at that school, then the parent/carer is guilty of an offence under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996. 

In September 2013 the Education (Penalty Notices) (Wales) Regulations 2013 came into force. As part of these regulations, penalty notices were introduced to tackle circumstances of unauthorised absence from school. 

This highlights how Welsh Government is committed to addressing poor school attendance. All local authorities across Wales are expecting to use the fixed penalty notices to assist them in the drive to prevent unnecessary absence from school.

The implementation of the regulations will affect all pupils of compulsory school age (five to 16 years) registered at any government funded, voluntary aided/controlled, special or Welsh medium  infant, junior, primary or secondary school in Bridgend County Borough.

 

Draft code of conduct

Fixed penalty notices will offer a means of intervention to prevent individual cases becoming regular and progressing to the local magistrates’ court.

As part of the implementation of these regulations, each local authority is required to develop a code of conduct to set out measures to ensure consistency in the issuing of fixed penalty notices.

A penalty notice will be issued when there are circumstances of unauthorised absence.  Only one notice will be issued to a parent/carer (who has parental responsibility) in any one academic year but notices can be issued for more than one child in that family. 

A fixed penalty notice is a £60 fine if paid within 28 days of receipt of the notice. The fine will rise to £120 if paid after 28 days (but within 42 days of receipt).  If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 42 days, the local authority must either prosecute parents/carers for the offence or withdraw the notice.

 

Consultation overview

The regulations covering the issuing of fixed penalties came into force on 2 September 2013.  Therefore, this public consultation is to invite views on the Bridgend County Borough Council’s proposed fixed penalty notice code of conduct only, in particular whether exceptions to the issuing of penalties should be allowed.

 

Data protection

All responses received by Bridgend County Borough Council will be seen in full by its staff members involved in the consultation process. The information may also be seen by other departments within the council or Local Service Board members to help improve upon the services provided.

The council may also use the information gathered to publish subsequent documents both directly and indirectly linked to this consultation, however the council will never disclose any personal information such as names or addresses that could identify an individual.

If you do not wish for your opinions to be publicised, please state so in your response.

 

Impact assessments

Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)

An initial screening has been completed and a full EIA will be undertaken following conclusion of this consultation.

 

Finance

Penalty notices will not be used as an initiative to raise funds.

It is expected that the process will be self-financing. Income received from penalty notices should not exceed enforcement costs.  Any surplus must be surrendered to the Welsh Consolidated Fund. The regulations provide that the local authority can retain revenue from the penalty notice scheme to cover costs of issuing or enforcing notices, or the cost of prosecuting recipients who do not pay.

Methods of payment are currently being considered by the Local Authority. 

 

The consultation timetable

Activity

Date

Consultation period where we welcome your views on the code of conduct

24 June to
4 Aug 2014

Consultation report

7 Aug 2014

Cabinet consider the outcomes of the consultation prior to a decision being made on adopting the code of conduct

16 Sept 2014

Implementation of code of conduct, including any revisions as a result of the consultation.

16 Sept 2014

The outcomes of the consultation will be reported to the Cabinet of Bridgend County Borough Council who will take into account the comments received in any amendments to the draft code of conduct. 

How to respond

This consultation period will begin on the 24 June 2014 and close the 4 Aug 2014. You can respond or ask further questions in the following ways:

Post: Communications, Marketing and Engagement,
Bridgend County Borough Council,
Raven’s Court, Wing 3,
Brewery Lane, Bridgend,
CF31 4AP.

Tel: (01656) 643 664

Email: Consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

Online: Fixed penalty notice questionnaire

Alternative formats are also available upon request.

 

This consultation is now closed.

Last Updated: 07/08/2014
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