Some households in Doncaster had a knock on the door this week from our officers – because their children were not at school, writes Insp Lynne Lancaster. My officers were out with communities teams from Doncaster Council and educational welfare officers, to go out and visit the homes of children who had not turned up at school, for whom there had been no phone call to explain their absence. We do truancy patrols on a regular basis around the Frenchgate Centre area and the transport interchange, but this was a more targeted approach.The school rang up to tell us who had not turned up on the day. We were working with Astrea Academy Woodfields, formerly Balby Carr School.We went round to the addresses of anyone who had not arrived at school, where there was no explanation.It was the first time we have taken this approach.When we have patrolled the Frenchgate and the interchange we have found children as young as eight just sitting there. This time we have been more … [Read more...] about Police knock on doors of Doncaster truants in latest crackdown on school absences – police column
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Two-thirds of parents have considered or have taken their child out of school to go on a family holiday, new research claims. A new poll suggests two-thirds of those who have taken child out of school for a holiday, or would consider it, because they say it was too expensive to go on holiday during the school holidays. The Atomik Research poll shows there are the large number of mums and dads willing to interrupt their children's studies so they can take a cheaper holiday. They cite, as many know, the price of family holidays can double during the school breaks. Those who bend the rules to take their children away on holiday during term time do however risk receiving fines, reports our sister title Birmingham Live. Staffordshire County Council issued 780 fines during the 2016 to 2017 school year - although it is not known whether all of these were handed to parents who took their children out of school during term time. Victoria Colvin, criminal lawyer for Liverpool firm Kirwans, … [Read more...] about More parents are taking kids out of school for a holiday
A protest is being held outside a Scunthorpe primary school this morning against its decision to hold a garden party only for youngsters with 100 per cent attendance. Parents of children at Lincoln Gardens Primary School who have not been invited to the party are holding an alternative picnic in a nearby park. Some have said it is unfair to not allow children who have missed school through illness to take part in the garden party. But the Scunthorpe school has said it rewards pupils with 100 per cent attendance records at intervals throughout the year and believes good attendance is "something to be celebrated". We will be speaking to parents who are joining the protest this morning. For updates from the event, follow the blog below. 10:11 'How can they justify this?' Anna Rose, who has two children at the school - Alesha Button, 7 and Abigail Button, 9 - said only one of her kids can go to the party. She said: “How can they justify this? My children will bicker when they … [Read more...] about Live as protest staged over Scunthorpe school’s garden party
As half-term and end-of-term breaks approach, it is not uncommon to see parents whisking their children out of school for a holiday. Which is understandable given the price hike for hotels, flights and everything else during the school holidays. But are you allowed to take your children out of school for a family vacation? Those who bend the rules to take their children away on holiday during term time risk receiving fines, reports Birmingham Live. Victoria Colvin, criminal lawyer for Liverpool firm Kirwans, told the ECHO earlier this year : “Unfortunately the law in this area still isn’t clear cut. "However, the Jon Platt case has set an important precedent which means that Local Education Authorities (LEA) may not currently rush to prosecute those who refuse to pay fines relating to term time holidays." To help you make a decision, Kirwans offer the following advice: 1) Taking your child on holiday during term time isn’t an offence S444 (1) Education Act 1996 … [Read more...] about What can happen to parents if they take their child out of school?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 April 2018 Work has started on the Pears building at the Royal Free Hospital. Picture: LINDA GROVE Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Ham&High readers this week. Fairness needed over Pears Building Linda Grove, Belsize Grove, Hampstead, writes: Residents in Belsize Park and Hampstead are faced with years of hell from building noise and pollution, all of which could have been managed with better consultation from the hospital . A new-hoarding has gone up by Hampstead Green which is not high enough. Residents will have a full live show of the contractors workings for several years to come. Several of the hospital board members live in the area ,and their silence is noticeable, as the build is not on their doorstep but in Belsize Park. I wonder why they are so quiet . These same people shout about Abacus Belsize Park Primary school’s home in the old police station because they think the traffic will increase and destroy a historic … [Read more...] about Ham&High letters: Pears building, Queen Mary’s House, anti-Semitism, loneliness, leaving councillors, knife crime, Swiss Cottage and fire mix-up