More than £23k collected as Essex County Council cracks down on school absence

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: More than £23k collected as Essex County Council cracks down on school absence More than £23k collected as Essex County Council cracks down on school absence

More than 50 parents have been taken to court and hundreds more have been fined for taking their children out of school without permission.

In the five months since the beginning the academic year Essex County Council has fined 647 parents a total of £23,100 for unauthorised absences.

Of these 51 were prosecuted in court and were ordered to pay the county council £5,920 in costs.

Fines for the 2012/13 academic year totalled £26,650 and this year’s rise has been put down to a county council crackdown.

Since September 2013 schools have only been able to approve absences for exceptional circumstances and if a prior application has been made.

Although by law the police and headteachers can issue the penalty notices, Essex County Council has asked that they do not.

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11:02am Sat 15 Feb 14

Madcowmac says...

What does this money go towards once taken
What does this money go towards once taken Madcowmac
  • Score: 4

1:05pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Citizen 139 says...

Madcowmac wrote:
What does this money go towards once taken
Council officials expenses?
[quote][p][bold]Madcowmac[/bold] wrote: What does this money go towards once taken[/p][/quote]Council officials expenses? Citizen 139
  • Score: 8

1:34pm Sat 15 Feb 14

paperboy10 says...

This is one of those rules that i have just had to fight, my heart tells me it is wrong on every level. I could not disagree more than using money to punish families at a time where families are being hit the hardest due to the sins of the super rich. Typical Tory approach. As a parent it is my job to decide what is good for my own child's wellbeing. Yes education is important but so are lots are other things, like spending family time together and enjoying your life. I plan to take my child out of school later this year as we cannot afford the 50 percent price increase these fat cat holiday companies make you pay.

I think that the government should be able to allow me as a parent the right to make a decision about my own childs education at least for 7 days once a year.

It is also a case of the government blanket banning term time holidays to make sure they deal with the minority scum bag parents who dont care about sending their kid to school. It is essentially hurting the many to catch the few.

Micheal Gove and his fellow wronguns dont worry about money as they are evil rich supervillans. Btw. Micheal Gove..if i really wrote what i thought of you, Gazette would likely delete my post. There is no end to my hated of you, your educational policy, your manner, the very look of you turns my stomach...this also goes for the rest of The Tory party...

I will refuse to pay my fine when i recieve it, they can take me to court. If they feel that taking away an adoring father from a small child is just then i will take my punishment and go to jail. But then i will go striaght back to court and stick my two fingers up again. I will never pay..never.

This is the only way that parents can hold onto what little power we have left. If we all lay down like sheep then we get treated as such.
This is one of those rules that i have just had to fight, my heart tells me it is wrong on every level. I could not disagree more than using money to punish families at a time where families are being hit the hardest due to the sins of the super rich. Typical Tory approach. As a parent it is my job to decide what is good for my own child's wellbeing. Yes education is important but so are lots are other things, like spending family time together and enjoying your life. I plan to take my child out of school later this year as we cannot afford the 50 percent price increase these fat cat holiday companies make you pay. I think that the government should be able to allow me as a parent the right to make a decision about my own childs education at least for 7 days once a year. It is also a case of the government blanket banning term time holidays to make sure they deal with the minority scum bag parents who dont care about sending their kid to school. It is essentially hurting the many to catch the few. Micheal Gove and his fellow wronguns dont worry about money as they are evil rich supervillans. Btw. Micheal Gove..if i really wrote what i thought of you, Gazette would likely delete my post. There is no end to my hated of you, your educational policy, your manner, the very look of you turns my stomach...this also goes for the rest of The Tory party... I will refuse to pay my fine when i recieve it, they can take me to court. If they feel that taking away an adoring father from a small child is just then i will take my punishment and go to jail. But then i will go striaght back to court and stick my two fingers up again. I will never pay..never. This is the only way that parents can hold onto what little power we have left. If we all lay down like sheep then we get treated as such. paperboy10
  • Score: 14

2:32pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

paperboy10 wrote:
This is one of those rules that i have just had to fight, my heart tells me it is wrong on every level. I could not disagree more than using money to punish families at a time where families are being hit the hardest due to the sins of the super rich. Typical Tory approach. As a parent it is my job to decide what is good for my own child's wellbeing. Yes education is important but so are lots are other things, like spending family time together and enjoying your life. I plan to take my child out of school later this year as we cannot afford the 50 percent price increase these fat cat holiday companies make you pay.

I think that the government should be able to allow me as a parent the right to make a decision about my own childs education at least for 7 days once a year.

It is also a case of the government blanket banning term time holidays to make sure they deal with the minority scum bag parents who dont care about sending their kid to school. It is essentially hurting the many to catch the few.

Micheal Gove and his fellow wronguns dont worry about money as they are evil rich supervillans. Btw. Micheal Gove..if i really wrote what i thought of you, Gazette would likely delete my post. There is no end to my hated of you, your educational policy, your manner, the very look of you turns my stomach...this also goes for the rest of The Tory party...

I will refuse to pay my fine when i recieve it, they can take me to court. If they feel that taking away an adoring father from a small child is just then i will take my punishment and go to jail. But then i will go striaght back to court and stick my two fingers up again. I will never pay..never.

This is the only way that parents can hold onto what little power we have left. If we all lay down like sheep then we get treated as such.
My son formally requested two days off School for his Five year old, to go to a family wedding in the North of England later this year. To his utter amazement the Head teacher said time off School would be considered unauthorised. He is now appealing this decision to the LEA but if this his how the schools react to reasonable requests is it any wonder parents don't just take their children out of school on the pretence of illness!

However, It's different though when the school closes for the slightest adverse weather or teachers go on strike. What redress do parents get from their actions. None!
[quote][p][bold]paperboy10[/bold] wrote: This is one of those rules that i have just had to fight, my heart tells me it is wrong on every level. I could not disagree more than using money to punish families at a time where families are being hit the hardest due to the sins of the super rich. Typical Tory approach. As a parent it is my job to decide what is good for my own child's wellbeing. Yes education is important but so are lots are other things, like spending family time together and enjoying your life. I plan to take my child out of school later this year as we cannot afford the 50 percent price increase these fat cat holiday companies make you pay. I think that the government should be able to allow me as a parent the right to make a decision about my own childs education at least for 7 days once a year. It is also a case of the government blanket banning term time holidays to make sure they deal with the minority scum bag parents who dont care about sending their kid to school. It is essentially hurting the many to catch the few. Micheal Gove and his fellow wronguns dont worry about money as they are evil rich supervillans. Btw. Micheal Gove..if i really wrote what i thought of you, Gazette would likely delete my post. There is no end to my hated of you, your educational policy, your manner, the very look of you turns my stomach...this also goes for the rest of The Tory party... I will refuse to pay my fine when i recieve it, they can take me to court. If they feel that taking away an adoring father from a small child is just then i will take my punishment and go to jail. But then i will go striaght back to court and stick my two fingers up again. I will never pay..never. This is the only way that parents can hold onto what little power we have left. If we all lay down like sheep then we get treated as such.[/p][/quote]My son formally requested two days off School for his Five year old, to go to a family wedding in the North of England later this year. To his utter amazement the Head teacher said time off School would be considered unauthorised. He is now appealing this decision to the LEA but if this his how the schools react to reasonable requests is it any wonder parents don't just take their children out of school on the pretence of illness! However, It's different though when the school closes for the slightest adverse weather or teachers go on strike. What redress do parents get from their actions. None! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 19

9:22am Sun 16 Feb 14

seikothrill says...

SIAIIOK - May I ask what school has blocked the request for authorised absence?
SIAIIOK - May I ask what school has blocked the request for authorised absence? seikothrill
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Red Tape 2 says...

This should be left to schools and parents to decide and not have interference from meddling ministers who always think they know best.
This should be left to schools and parents to decide and not have interference from meddling ministers who always think they know best. Red Tape 2
  • Score: 2

8:46pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

These are not fines they are taxes. If the council really want to put the education of the children first then the punishment for unauthorised absence should be for the parents to find them an alternative school. As it stands the punishment for taking your children out of school for a holiday can be dwarfed by the huge savings made compared with having the same holiday during the school holidays, absolutely pointless deterrent.
These are not fines they are taxes. If the council really want to put the education of the children first then the punishment for unauthorised absence should be for the parents to find them an alternative school. As it stands the punishment for taking your children out of school for a holiday can be dwarfed by the huge savings made compared with having the same holiday during the school holidays, absolutely pointless deterrent. Arthur Fonzarelli
  • Score: 2

10:49pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

seikothrill wrote:
SIAIIOK - May I ask what school has blocked the request for authorised absence?
Woodhall Community infants/junior School in Sudbury.
I know it's not Essex, as in this story but Suffolk LEA have similar rules.
[quote][p][bold]seikothrill[/bold] wrote: SIAIIOK - May I ask what school has blocked the request for authorised absence?[/p][/quote]Woodhall Community infants/junior School in Sudbury. I know it's not Essex, as in this story but Suffolk LEA have similar rules. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 3

10:37am Mon 17 Feb 14

Lawford Lass says...

It's very double standards when schools say no to some time off in term time but then shut the schools because of a bit of snow or because they want to strike.....
It's very double standards when schools say no to some time off in term time but then shut the schools because of a bit of snow or because they want to strike..... Lawford Lass
  • Score: 1

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