Tru­ancy sweeps in Fen­land

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

TRU­ANCY sweeps are be­ing car­ried out in Chat­teris, March and the sur­round­ing vil­lages in a bid to im­prove school at­ten­dance in Fen­land.

A joint ini­tia­tive was launched by Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil and the po­lice last week.

All chil­dren of com­pul­sory school age will be stopped if they are seen out­side dur­ing school hours, even if they are ac­com­pa­nied by par­ents, car­ers or rel­a­tives.

Their guardians will be con­tacted by an ed­u­ca­tional wel­fare of­fi­cer and their school will also be con­tacted and made aware of the ab­sence and their at­ten­dance at school will be mon­i­tored.

Ed­u­ca­tion wel­fare of­fi­cer Julie Rut­ter­ford said: “Although Cam­bridgeshire’s school at­ten­dance rates are in line with the na­tional av­er­age and tru­ancy is min­i­mal, there is still room for im­prove­ment in Fen­land.

“As a joint ini­tia­tive we want to send a clear mes­sage that it is un­ac­cept­able for a child to miss school with­out good rea­son.

“Par­ents of per­sis­tent tru­ants are be­ing warned they could end up in court. Chil­dren need to be in school learn­ing, Par­ents have a le­gal duty to en­sure they are at­tend­ing reg­u­larly.”

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