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Truancy court cases increase

The number of parents taken to court over their child's truancy has increased, with almost 13,000 facing charges last year, official figures show.

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'Parents have a responsibility' on truancy

The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has said that parents should take responsibility for getting their child to school.

Brian Lightman said:

School leaders and teachers do all they can for children, but they need them there to be able to do so.

Parents have got a responsibility. If they really cannot get a child to go to school they should seek help, schools and local authorities can offer help.

To be defeatist and say 'I can't make the child attend, or behave' is unacceptable and damaging for the life chances of that child.

– Brian Lightman, general secretary of ASCL

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