Re-evaluate or abolish school penalty notices
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Recently a mum was taken to court and found guilty of failing to send her child to school regularly.
Despite regular contact with the school in question via voicemail, text message and staff visiting the child at home this mum was given a 12 month conditional discharge and is now deemed a criminal.
The child attendance at the time of the court case was 97.11%.
The education department used a 'select' period of attendance to make this mum appear in the worst possible way, they used a period over 2 school terms and the 5 days the child was absent was recorded as unauthorised.
The school, Moat House Primary School in Coventry mark the children that arrive late as absent which affects overall attendance but is also a concern for parents should a reason to evacuate the school occur. There is no record of their child even being in the building.
These are our children and I can only assume that this is just the start of more parents being taken to court without good reason. 97% attendance is above and beyond what is expected nationally and this should be overturned.
It is a schools job to maintain a good relationship between staff and parents but this head teacher is doing the opposite.
Education is more than statistics to show OFSTED, our children matter more than just numbers.
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