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News - 9 June 2014

Stronger sanctions for truants' parents.

 Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that tougher penalties are to be brought in for parents who do not ensure their children "attend school ready to learn."

 
In his speech to the centre-right think tank Policy Exchange, Mr Gove pledged "stronger sanctions" for parents who did not "play their full part in guaranteeing good behaviour" - if the Conservatives won next year's general election.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“In March government data showed record numbers of parents had been issued with truancy fines as the numbers of persistent truants fell. The proposal was originally suggested in 2011 by Charlie Taylor, the government's education adviser on school discipline, but was blocked by the Liberal Democrats. Although local authorities have the power to pursue parents for payment, many do not do so because of the cost. Some 20,000 fines are unpaid each year.”
 
Mr Gove said: "Critically, we need to tackle the root causes of truancy and misbehaviour.
"Children only have one chance at education. We can't let them miss out on its transformative effect.
 
He is also understood to want a commitment to end illiteracy and innumeracy included in the next Conservative manifesto.
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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