And now Gavin Williamson has repeated the warning to parents which has already been fired out by Boris Johnson – saying fines will be imposed on families who do not send their children back following the coronavirus lockdown.
Councils can impose fines of £60 for non-attendance – which doubles if it isn’t paid within 21 days.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have now both said fines will be imposed on families who do not send their children back following the coronavirus lockdown
The Educations Secretary’s warning was issued while speaking on LBC Radio on Monday morning.
Parents will be fined if their children don’t go back to school in September, the Education Secretary has warned.
He said: “It is going to be compulsory for children to return back to school unless there’s a very good reason, or a local spike where there have had to be local lockdowns.
It means anyone who decides to keep their child off school following the pandemic could be left seriously out of pocket.
“Unless there is a good reason for the absence then we will be looking at the fact that we would be imposing fines on families if they are not sending their children back.”
“We do have to get back into compulsory education as part of that, obviously fines sit alongside that.
He told BBC Breakfast: “What we will be doing at the end of this week is setting out further advice as to what the full return of all pupils looks like and giving clear steers to how schools should operate.”
He also said advice on how schools will fully reopen in England will be set out “at the end of this week”.
In response to a question from a science teacher, he said: “It’s going to be more complex within secondary schools.”
But the Education Secretary has acknowledged that efforts to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus does present more of a challenge in secondary schools.
Asked if all social distancing requirements could be removed to allow a total return on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “We’re going to take the opportunity to spell out exactly as to how we will see a full return for all children back into school before the end of this week.
“As I’m sure you’ll understand and appreciate at the moment, we’re consulting and talking with different people, whether it’s headteachers, whether it’s unions, whether it’s representative bodies.”
It comes after Boris Johnson confirmed schooling would go back to being a legal requirement from September.
He said: “We need to get the kids back into school.