Spot fines for truancy on the increase

It is becoming more common for the cost of missing a day of school to be paid, not only by the child who clearly has to catch up on missed work or risk being left behind, but by their parents who can face a spot fine of £50 rising to £100 if unpaid within 28 days.  The number of these fines, which can be issued by local authorities, head teachers or the police, have increased 27% from the school year 2009/2010, with 32,600 fines being issued in 2010/2011. There was also an increase in the number of parents being made subject to parenting contracts which can require parents to attend parenting courses or counselling to help ensure their children go to school.

With the number of spot fines for truancy increasing, it was also interesting to note that absence due to term time holidays has increased, accounting for 9.5% of all absences.
 

 

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