The longest sentence imposed on the parent of a truanting child last year was 90 days. Most were fined.
Nearly 12,000 parents were prosecuted and 25 given prison sentences because of their children's truancy from school last year, the Guardian reported.
Just over 9,000 were convicted, and nearly two-thirds of those were fined.
The longest jail sentence imposed on a parent was 90 days, according to the Ministry of Justice. The highest fine imposed last year was 850 pounds.
Government figures show that more than 450,000 children — 7 percent of the school population — persistently missed school in autumn 2010 and spring 2011.
That means they missed 15 percent of school days — a level of absence equivalent to skipping a month's worth of lessons in a year.