Potential fines of £120 for Persistent Latecomers
It’s recently been in the national news that Staffordshire County Council is introducing new guidelines in regard to student lateness. Parents may have to face paying up to £120 if their children are consistently late for school.
Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for learning and employability explained why the council felt the need to enforce these measures.
“The Supreme Court judgement is very clear that children should go to school every day, because absence affects their performance and is disruptive for the rest of the class while they’re catching up,” White told The Independent.
“Our guidance reflects this and ensures parents know where they stand, but it’s important to remember the general position remains unchanged: head teachers have the discretion to decide whether the reason for absence is exception or not and if unauthorised by the Head the school reports this to the county council which then processes the penalty notice.”
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