More parents prosecuted over school absence

Unauthorised school absence is still making headlines.. All eyes will be on the Supreme Court today as it rules on the appeal brought by the Isle of Wight Council against a parent that took his child out of school for a holiday


More parents prosecuted over school absence
Figures from the MoJ have revealed the number of parents being prosecuted for a child missing school without permission increased 21% in 2015 from 2014 figures with 200,000 people taken to court.

The Supreme Court is due to rule today on an appeal brought by Isle of Wight Council against a father who took his daughter on a week-long holiday during term time without the schools permission.

A DfE spokeswoman said: “Our position remains that children should not be taken out of school without good reason. That is why we have tightened the rules and are supporting schools and local authorities to use their powers to tackle unauthorised absence.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more