• Slight fall in school absence fines in wake of Platt court case

    Parents fined for their children’s unauthorised absence fell a little last year, but the figures did not change as much as expected given the law has become more lenient. New figures, taken by Schools Week from 112 councils, showed that last year the authorities issued 103,918 fines to parents, totalling £4.4 million, compared with 108,405

    5.00 Feb. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Campaigner wants school absence contact procedures changed

    Schools should be forced to contact multiple family members in the event of unexpected pupil absences, according to a mother whose young children spent almost 24 hours alone at home with their father’s body after he died. Helen Daykin (pictured) was travelling for work when her husband Chris died of heart failure in October 2016.

    15.00 Feb. 9th, 2018 | News