Basingstoke has been chosen as part of a pilot scheme to tackle truancy in the town. Hampshire County Council and the police say they'll be working together - as part of a 'supporting families' initiative - to crack down on unauthorised school absences.
Basingstoke's attendance rates are above the national average, but the council says there is a small minority of children who are persistently absent from school, and they'll be working with both children, and parents.
More parents in Kent have been fined for keeping their children off school than anywhere else in the country. Latest truancy figures reveal that 3,455 penalty notices were issued in the county last year. Tom Savvides talks to Headteacher Nigel Utton and Sean Tipton from ABTA.