The Maldon Standard is reporting that Edward Williams, of Prospect Close, Southend, was sent to prison as a last resort after council officers exhausted all other efforts to get him to comply with the law.
The 53-year-old has three children at Cecil Jones Academy, in Eastern Avenue, Southend – but last year failed to send any of them to school for the entire academic year.
Southend Council has taken him to court several times, resulting in three convictions. Southend Magistrates’ Court handed him an eight-week jail term for each offence, but the sentences will all run at the same time.
James Courtenay, Southend Council cabinet member for children and learning, said: “Making sure your child attends school is one of the most basic duties that any parent has to carry out.
“This is an absolutely appalling case of non-attendance that has been going on over several years. This is despite support from the local authority, the school and other agencies, the parents of this family have over numerous years failed to ensure that their children attend school on a regular basis.”
“Pupils who attend school regularly are able to access learning, experience the variety of activities within school, maintain positive peer relationships and achieve better exam results, and no child should have that taken away from them.”
Do you agree that this is sentence is justified? Are there are similar cases at your school, how has it been handled? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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