Cornish mum fined after child misses 80 per cent of lessons

Cornish mum fined after child misses 80 per cent of lessons

Cornish mum fined after child misses 80 per cent of lessons

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A Cornish mother has been fined £2OO for failing to ensure that her child attends school on a regular basis.

Magistrates at Bodmin were told that the secondary school pupil at Saltash.net School had an attendance rate of just 20.48 per cent. Magistrates also ordered the parent to pay legal costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £20.

John Heath, the council’s principal education welfare officer, said he hopes that this sentence will send a clear message to other parents and carers who are failing to fulfil their legal duty to ensure that their children attend school regularly.

“Education Welfare Officers in Cornwall work closely with schools, parents and pupils to try to sort out attendance issues” he said.

“This may involve arranging home and school visits to discuss the situation. They will try to find out the reasons why the child is not attending school and take steps to try and get the child back into school. This includes offering support or signposting to other agencies. 

“Prosecution is a last resort when everything else has failed. Where parents are finally taken to court for school attendance offences they do run the risk of being fined or sent to prison."

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6:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

rwarwicker says...

Sounds a bargain, 80% of the time off for £720.
If I took my kids out of school for 1 week of holiday we will get £120 (£60 per parent)
On the basis of a 39 week school year this child has had had 31 weeks off for 80% absence. A weeks holiday equates to about 2.5%, so seems rather disproportionate to fine £60 for a week holiday
Sounds a bargain, 80% of the time off for £720. If I took my kids out of school for 1 week of holiday we will get £120 (£60 per parent) On the basis of a 39 week school year this child has had had 31 weeks off for 80% absence. A weeks holiday equates to about 2.5%, so seems rather disproportionate to fine £60 for a week holiday rwarwicker
  • Score: 1

7:04pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Gill Z Martin says...

"They will try to find out reasons why the child is not attending school and take steps to try to get the child back into school"

I am uneducated, I only attended the first two years of senior school, missing the following years due to the physical bullying of myself and a friend, by others, an issue that was inadequately addressed by the school, despite assurances on numerous occasions there would be rectification. This generated consternation by myself and those not directly connected with the school, but for whom it concerned.

Hopefully the educational truancy investigative process at the present time, produces more effectual and acceptable outcomes. However, I do not believe fining parents/guardians as standard procedure is always constructive, each case should be dealt with on an individual basis.
"They will try to find out reasons why the child is not attending school and take steps to try to get the child back into school" I am uneducated, I only attended the first two years of senior school, missing the following years due to the physical bullying of myself and a friend, by others, an issue that was inadequately addressed by the school, despite assurances on numerous occasions there would be rectification. This generated consternation by myself and those not directly connected with the school, but for whom it concerned. Hopefully the educational truancy investigative process at the present time, produces more effectual and acceptable outcomes. However, I do not believe fining parents/guardians as standard procedure is always constructive, each case should be dealt with on an individual basis. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Wed 30 Apr 14

victoriameldrew says...

Helston Rick wrote:
Its obvious youre uneducated Gill, because thats why you think the Helston Cornwall Cllrs are good. I think they should not fine the parents but just exclude the child from school completely. If they dont want to learn then let them grow up uneducated and i doubt they will want to learn anything as adults either so wont give anything to society or their local area. If they want to be losers then thats their choice. So what did you do then Gill when you didnt attend school? cause trouble on the streets?
why are you always on Gills' case? She always writes eloquently on here, has very good, informed views and, if she views herself as uneducated, it is a well hidden view as far as I am concerned. Yours is very apparent!! leave her alone unless you can do some constructive criticism.
[quote][p][bold]Helston Rick[/bold] wrote: Its obvious youre uneducated Gill, because thats why you think the Helston Cornwall Cllrs are good. I think they should not fine the parents but just exclude the child from school completely. If they dont want to learn then let them grow up uneducated and i doubt they will want to learn anything as adults either so wont give anything to society or their local area. If they want to be losers then thats their choice. So what did you do then Gill when you didnt attend school? cause trouble on the streets?[/p][/quote]why are you always on Gills' case? She always writes eloquently on here, has very good, informed views and, if she views herself as uneducated, it is a well hidden view as far as I am concerned. Yours is very apparent!! leave her alone unless you can do some constructive criticism. victoriameldrew
  • Score: 5

6:07am Thu 1 May 14

juwhite says...

Helston Rick your comment is highly offensive and in fact is a form of bullying. Gill well done on admitting your education you would never know as you come across as well educated. I was in this situation with a child who had problems which the school promised to address but didn't resulting in a very upset ill child missing school and involving the truancy officer who was so unhelpful. It was only when threatened with me reporting the school and home tutoring said child that something was done.
Helston Rick your comment is highly offensive and in fact is a form of bullying. Gill well done on admitting your education you would never know as you come across as well educated. I was in this situation with a child who had problems which the school promised to address but didn't resulting in a very upset ill child missing school and involving the truancy officer who was so unhelpful. It was only when threatened with me reporting the school and home tutoring said child that something was done. juwhite
  • Score: 3

7:35am Thu 1 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Helston Rick wrote:
Its obvious youre uneducated Gill, because thats why you think the Helston Cornwall Cllrs are good. I think they should not fine the parents but just exclude the child from school completely. If they dont want to learn then let them grow up uneducated and i doubt they will want to learn anything as adults either so wont give anything to society or their local area. If they want to be losers then thats their choice. So what did you do then Gill when you didnt attend school? cause trouble on the streets?
From my own choice, I spent time in a reference library, and walking and training other people's dogs, amongst many other constructive things. Personally, I find most dogs are more intelligent and kinder than some people.

Victoriameldrew and juwhite, thank you very much, it is very kind of you both.
[quote][p][bold]Helston Rick[/bold] wrote: Its obvious youre uneducated Gill, because thats why you think the Helston Cornwall Cllrs are good. I think they should not fine the parents but just exclude the child from school completely. If they dont want to learn then let them grow up uneducated and i doubt they will want to learn anything as adults either so wont give anything to society or their local area. If they want to be losers then thats their choice. So what did you do then Gill when you didnt attend school? cause trouble on the streets?[/p][/quote]From my own choice, I spent time in a reference library, and walking and training other people's dogs, amongst many other constructive things. Personally, I find most dogs are more intelligent and kinder than some people. Victoriameldrew and juwhite, thank you very much, it is very kind of you both. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 6

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