Education leaders urge better school attendance

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DONCASTER education are bosses urging parents to use the summer holidays to make sure they don’t need to take their children out of school next term.

Officials want mums and dads to use the six week break to book dentist appointments, take holidays, catch up with family and friends, go shopping and do all the other things that they do not want families doing in term time.

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for the children and young people’s services, said: “We know that people lead busy lives and having six weeks off school is a great chance to catch up on all the things that need doing.

“It is vital that children attend as much school as possible. We know that there is clear evidence of a link between poor attendance at school and low levels of achievement.”

The warning comes after a year which has seen some parents prosecuted for failing to ensure their pupils attended school regularly.

A council spokesman said one Doncaster parent who recently appeared in court was reecntly issued with a six month supervision order, a four week curfew order and fitted with an electronic tag for failing to ensure their child’s regular attendance

Magistrates warned that if the situation failed to improve the parent may be sent to prison.

The action was a last resort for the council, after repeated warnings, said the authority spokesman.