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Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education issues a second notice to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus outbreak.

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On 28 April 2020 the Secretary of State for Education issued a notice disapplying section 444(1) and (1A) of the Education Act 1996. The specified time period of that notice was 1 May to 31 May 2020.

The Secretary of State for Education has now issued a second notice to disapply section 444(1) and (1A) of the Education Act 1996.

This notice is relevant to:

  • local authorities
  • schools
  • parents

It temporarily disapplies offences relating to the failure of parents to secure regular attendance at school of a registered pupil. Parents can be sure that they will not be prosecuted or receive a criminal conviction by not sending their children to school.

The new notice applies from 1 June 2020 to 30 June 2020.

Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Secretary of State for Education can issue notices to temporarily remove or relax statutory requirements where this is an appropriate and proportionate action relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 30 April 2020
Last updated 29 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added a second notice covering June 2020.

  2. First published.