March 17, 2009
to reduce truancy across Burnham-On-Sea area is stepped up
County Council and local police will be launching a drive to reduce
truancy in the Burnham-On-Sea area over the next few weeks.
Education Attendance Officers will be conducting truancy sweeps,
together with Avon and Somerset Police, in the lead up to the
centre truancy sweeps and targeted home calling to school pupils
who are not in school will be conducted as part of an initiative
to increase school attendance.
pupils found out of school without a valid reason will be escorted
into school, where appropriate, and parents will be informed of
John Kirby, Head of Service for Partnership at Somerset County
Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Somerset County Council
takes school attendance very seriously. Pupils need to be at school
to reach their full potential. Our statistics reflect figures
below the national average and we continue to work in partnership
with schools to improve each year."
Superintendent Damian Kearney of Somerset West District added:
"We regularly find that truants are involved in incidents
of antisocial behaviour. The Police will be involved in the proposed
targeted actions that form part of our relentless work in making
our neighbourhoods safer and stronger."