Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that there will be an offence if he fails to secure regular attendance at school of registered pupil and 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.
The parent Mr Platt said “I’m not a qualified lawyer but my understanding of this law is it’s very simple. My child needs to attend school regularly. Her attendance for the whole of the last school year was nearly 94%. I don’t know where the threshold is but, frankly, parents need to decide for themselves. When I made the application through the school to get her time off, it was refused, even though her attendance at the time was 100%”.