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PremierLeague-News.Com - New rules are coming in to tackling persistent absence
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Government has announced that it plans to "reform how absence fines operate" for parents of children absent from school without good reason. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the reforms "will improve consistency across the country and help tackle persistent absence". On Friday (17 June), the Governement proposed that a register of pupils be kept electronically, with councils able to access school registers for their area and the Department for Education able to access a national database. Under the plans, fixed penalty notices will be handed to parents of children who have five days of unauthorised absence or lateness within one term, take holidays during term-time, or are out in public during the first five days of an exclusion. A maximum of two fines can be dished out per child per school year, with possible prosecution considered after that limit is reached. The Government said the plans would put an end to the "postcode lottery", where parents may be fined for an abscence in one local authority area but not others, North Wales Live reports. READ MORE:New Wales holiday rules see government compared to 'Stalinist regime' The plans also extend to absences due to illness. The current regulations allow a pupil’s name to be deleted from registers if their health makes it unlikely they can attend school.
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. It said that pupils with a child protection plan, education and health care plan or child in need plan should not be deleted from school rolls without the local council’s consent. And the proposals suggest that pupils younger than compulsory schooling age should still have their absence recorded, whereas currently their attendance does not need to be recorded by law. Pupils absent for 15 days or more for health reasons should also be reported to the local council to make sure they and their family get more support, the Government said. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “I know from the Children’s Commissioner’s work on school attendance that children themselves hugely value being in school with their teachers and their friends. "My job is to make sure that every child can get those school experiences. The plans set out today to reform how absence fines operate, alongside our Schools Bill currently going through parliament, will improve consistency across the country and help tackle persistent absence.” Dame Rachel de Souza, the Children’s Commissioner, has called for attendance to rise to 100% by the 2022 autumn term in September, and has urged academy trusts to do “whatever it takes” to achieve this. NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here
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