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

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

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Parents in England 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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