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Enforcing responsible parenting

9 June 2014

In a speech to a think-tank, Michael Gove has hinted at an additional focus of the government’s education policy – to make sure that parents play their role in ensuring their child receives a good education. The proposed measures will be unveiled during the Autumn but are likely to take a harder line when punishing parents for not taking action against their child playing truant. The Government has already increased the fines under the penalty notice framework for non-attendance to a maximum of £120 per child and shortened the timescales for payment. However, over 20,000 fines were unpaid during the last year.

Government policy up to now has centred on improving the supply of quality education through improvements to teaching and the academisation of schools which were not performing well. This new policy, once finalised, should add to the overall aim of raising standards by ensuring children attend school and benefit from the education offered as long as the proposals also provide support to assist parents meet their legal responsibilities and are not just based on sanctions.

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