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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Truant’s parents are fined

PARENTS of a 14-year-old Whitehaven pupil have been fined for failing to send the teenager to school.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted the offence at West Cumbria Courthouse last week.

She was given a 12-month parenting order after “failing to secure regular attendance’’ at school for her child. The mother was also fined £70 with £20 victim surcharge and £80 costs by magistrates.

The father of the teenager, who was also charged with the same offence, had the case proved in his absence. He was fined £400 with £40 victim surcharge and £80 costs.

Six other cases, involving secondary school pupils from across West Cumbria, were also dealt with by magistrates.

A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said prosecution of parents was always “a last resort’’.

School attendance of 85 per cent or less is classed as persistent absence and will “spark action” to look at addressing and improving attendance.

He said: “Schools and the local authority work closely with families when there are attendance issues and we do all we can to improve attendance and stress the negative impact truancy can have on a child’s education.

“While we always look to resolve attendance issues through having discussions and offering support, these cases send out a message that we will prosecute as a last resort when other methods for improving attendance fail.”

Have your say

Well done we need more prosecutions to show parents we mean business. OFSTED fail good schools because of poor attendance look at Southfield. Parents are to blame so let's make them pay for their failure. Hope this article makes the Times and Star

Posted by Go on 15 March 2014 at 00:03

It is important to get the best education you can, hopefully leading to a better-paid job, to help reimburse your parents for all the fines and costs they have incurred on your behalf, because you were too lazy to go to school. You're 14, time you took some responsibility for yourself!

Posted by David Scameron on 14 March 2014 at 18:39

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