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Schools in England send police to homes of absent pupils with threats to jail their parents

Education / Sun 19th May 2024 at 08:26am

SOME schools in England are sending police to the homes of children who are persistently absent, or warning them their parents may go to prison if their attendance doesn’t improve, the Observer has learned reports The Guardian

Headteachers say they are now under intense pressure from the government to turn around the crisis in attendance, with a record 150,000 children at state schools classed as severely absent in 2022-23. From September, all state schools in England will have to share their attendance records every day with the Department for Education.

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3 Comments for Schools in England send police to homes of absent pupils with threats to jail their parents:

Trace
2024-05-19 09:02:52

Lol, there isn't enough room in prisons for actual criminals let alone parents of absentees. Wasn't there something in the news this week that they are going to let a lot of prisoners out on early release because of overcrowding?! Empty threats.

Adam
2024-05-19 09:06:02

if only a government with the support of the opposition and the lunatic demands of the teaching unions did not close schools effectively for 18 months. Not only did this damage many children education and mental health but it also taught many kids on the edge that education was not valued and there was no point in attending school. Once again all of you involved in the lockdown and pushing it and not questioning should be proud.

Pete
2024-05-19 12:22:12

I wonder how many of the parents are already in prison or have a criminal record

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