Parents in England and Wales could be fined if they keep children off school

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Schools minister Nick Gibb says fines would be used as ‘last resort’ as PM says risk of children getting Covid-19 is small

Parents in England and Wales could be fined if they decide to keep their children off school from September, the schools minister, Nick Gibb, has said.

Financial penalties would be a “last resort” but were still available to local authorities if youngsters were kept away from the classroom, he said.

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