Interesting Fact - Education

This might surprise you, but in the UK, in the 2012 academic year, 41,224 penalty notices for non-attendance at school were issued to parents.

(That's 56,000 children bunking off every day.  

The parents get penalised because in UK law it is the legal responsibility of parents to ensure their children attend school from the ages of five to 16.

The good news is that the number of persistent truants - those who missed more than a month of schooling - dropped by nearly 60,000 from 392,305 to 333,850.

Some schools offer incentive schemes, and free breakfasts for classes with the best attendance, but the UK still has the highest truancy rate amongst developed nations, and it certainly isn't because of the lovely weather.)