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truancy convictions rising

8 January 2013

Ministry of Justice figures show that last year almost 12,000 parents were prosecuted for their children’s truancy of which 25 were given prison sentences. The numbers are around 5% up on the previous year.

The education secretary, Michael Gove, has previously argued that the existing sanctions for truancy are toothless and the government are now considering plans to reduce benefit payments to parents guilty of truancy.

The general secretary of the NUT, Christine Blower, has questioned the effectiveness of prosecuting parents over truancy.

What is not in question is the damage which regular truancy can have on a child’s education and the need to reduce the school days lost to truancy.

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