Parents whose children are regularly late to school face being slapped with a £60 fine – or even prosecution.
Schools and councils in Essex, Hampshire and West Midlands are extending the fixed penalties issued for missing school to also include lateness. Warwickshire County Council said families of pupils who often arrive more than 30 minutes after the register was taken may face fines.
It comes just months after Winter Gardens Academy, in Canvey Island, Essex, warned parents about fines for arriving after 9am. The primary school, which was placed in special measures following its most recent Ofsted inspection, said the fee would rise to £120 if not paid within three weeks. Tom Bennett, the government’s behaviour Tsar, suggested said the parents of teenagers who regularly arrived late for school should consider walking with them.