Warnings for families to help tackle truancy

Eric Tatton-Kelly
Eric Tatton-Kelly

PARENTS are being urged to make sure their children stay in school after another two truancy cases were taken to court.

One parent received a fine of £900, and the other received an unpaid work order of 120 hours. The council was also awarded costs. For legal reasons, the council is not naming the parents or the schools involved.

The Free Press last month revealed new government figures suggested almost one in ten pupils missed more than a whole month of lessons in a school year.

Over 3,000 primary and secondary state-funded schoolchildren were found to have persistently skipped school and 560 pupils were absent from classes in recent months.

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, cabinet member for the children’s service, said the authority always tried to work with families to tackle truancy.

He said: “It is vitally important that young people attend school, as we know that good attendance is closely linked to achievement levels at school.”