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Are Parents to Blame for Children Playing Truant?

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Message 1 - posted by Jonathan Vernon-Smith, Apr 18, 2007

Penalty notices or on-the-spot fines for parents whose children play truant do not work, research has suggested.

A study by an education welfare officer presented at Cambridge University finds no link between a council's use of fines and levels of attendance.

It rejects the idea that irresponsible parents are to blame for truancy, which it says underlies the penalty policy.

The government commented that penalty notices give parents a sharp reminder of their responsibilities".


So what do you think? Are parents to blame for children playing truant?

Do you think sending parents to prison or fining them is the best way of dealing with truancy?

Does tackling parents send a message that they cant just release their troublesome children into the community and sit back while they cause problems?

Or do you think this is VERY unfair?

Do you think that most children play truant because life is being made difficult for them at the school?

Do you think that bullying ever has anything to do with children playing truant?

Do you think that most parents try everything possible to get their children through those school gates in the morning?

Do you think its unfair to go to these extreme lengths and send parents to prison?

Does more need to be done by the school to try and find out why the child is playing truant?

If you have children and they play truant, what do you do to try and sort the problem out? Do you just sit back and let it happen?

Whos fault is it the parents, or the schools?

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Message 2 - posted by NoMereNosebleed, Apr 18, 2007

Groundhog day.... see the thread you started on December 19 2006.
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Message 3 - posted by GivemehopeJoanna, Apr 18, 2007

Nose Bleed,

I thin that Jonathan only has about 30 questions that he constantly recycles, assuming that we are all idiots, it might be a bit much to expect original thought from a bbc researcher.

Cap'n J Jerome

sail away
sail away
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Message 4 - posted by Jupiler , Apr 18, 2007

But Captain my Captain, you weren't around in december 2006. So it's all new for you! You can answer this question all fresh and fruity.
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Message 5 - posted by DavidHankey, May 11, 2007

Isn't the parents RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child gets to school and the schools RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child stays there until the schoolbus arrives at the end of the day?

Or is that just old-fashioned?
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Message 6 - posted by patsy, May 11, 2007

DavidHankly,

Sadly yes, it's just old-fashioned.:(

Isn't the parents RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child gets to school and the schools RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child stays there until the schoolbus arrives at the end of the day?

Or is that just old-fashioned?

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Message 7 - posted by hiheelsnstockings, Jun 14, 2007

Isn't the parents RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child gets to school and the schools RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child stays there until the schoolbus arrives at the end of the day?

Or is that just old-fashioned?

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yes ur rite i agree once our kids go in the school gates of a morning that wen the teachers take responsibility of them till they get off the school bus at there destination
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Message 8 - posted by wabbit, Jun 14, 2007

Isn't the parents RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child gets to school

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It's the Law !
and the schools RESPONSIBILITY to ensure the child stays there until the schoolbus arrives at the end of the day?

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No.
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Message 9 - posted by happyfrisk, Jun 15, 2007

who else is to blame they are the parents its the way they brought them up they can`t blame anyone else
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Message 10 - posted by U5848678, Jun 15, 2007

But Captain you are all fruity.

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Yes, He's certainly that alright.
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Message 11 - posted by John of Paddington, Jun 15, 2007

JV-S, Tickets & Fines are useless if noby is either able or willing to pay them (They are also contrary to the Magna Carta). Parents are responsible for their children arriving at school, the school is responsible for them on the premises. Therefore if the child fails to arrive it is down to the parent, if, however, they bunkoff after register it is down to the School. In the 'olde days' six of the best was a good cure.
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Message 12 - posted by hiheelsnstockings, Jun 16, 2007

who else is to blame they are the parents its the way they brought them up they can`t blame anyone else

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wot alot of winnie the poo class rooms r over crowed 1 teacher to ow many kids yer rite and most teacher dont show or give respect to the kids now a days at school so the kids wont give them any either and have u seen the schools today eh flip me them are like prison with high steel pointed fenceing all round them and even got security on the gates .....my daughtr 4got her homework the once so the teacher made her stay in at break fair ply i dont mind that but wen she came home and told me the teacher had LOCKED her in the classroom alone till after break god i flipped wot wudve ppend if there had bn a fire eh teachers are just aload of horse manure nowadays
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Message 13 - posted by NoMereNosebleed, Jun 19, 2007

who else is to blame they are the parents its the way they brought them up they can`t blame anyone else




wot alot of winnie the poo class rooms r over crowed 1 teacher to ow many kids yer rite and most teacher dont show or give respect to the kids now a days at school so the kids wont give them any either and have u seen the schools today eh flip me them are like prison with high steel pointed fenceing all round them and even got security on the gates .....my daughtr 4got her homework the once so the teacher made her stay in at break fair ply i dont mind that but wen she came home and told me the teacher had LOCKED her in the classroom alone till after break god i flipped wot wudve ppend if there had bn a fire eh teachers are just aload of horse manure nowadays

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Can we have this again please, in English this time.
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