Backlash over council’s ‘Get a Grip’ attendance campaign

More than 6,000 people have signed a petition against an “aggressive, condescending and insulting” campaign telling parents to send children to school if they have colds, reports The BBC.

Leaflets were sent in East Sussex County Council’s “Get a Grip” drive to parents whose children missed at least three days of the current school year. They also give advice on “being more organised” the night before school.

The “Get a Grip” campaign features the slogan “good reasons for missing school – there are none”.

The petition, set up by Ella Lewis of Seaford, calls for the council to withdraw the campaign and apologise “for the insulting treatment of and attitude towards parents”.

The leaflet sent out to parents warns them about fines for unauthorised absences, including holidays during term time, and says children should attend school if they have a cold, headache or minor illness.

A council spokesman said the campaign was not aimed at parents of children who had genuine medical reasons for being absent, but for those who regularly have odd days off or holiday in term time.

“Missing even one day of school has an impact not just on a child’s education but on the rest of the class, as it means the teacher has to spend time helping them catch up – to the detriment of other pupils. Missing days of school reduces children’s chances of achieving success.”

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Over the top parents or do they have a point? Has your school sent any similar leaflets out? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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