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ROTHERHAM CLAMPS DOWN ON TRUANTS

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A combined operation involving police and education welfare officers in Rotherham picked up 120 children playing tr...
A combined operation involving police and education welfare officers in Rotherham picked up 120 children playing truant in a 10-day spell, reports The Times (p10).

During the operation, teams in marked police care toured the streets, concentrating on areas where truants were known to congregate.

Education chiefs say the operation was so successful that the patrols are to continue. Latest figures for Rotherham show that 1.5% of secondary school pupils and 0.6% of primary school children play truant.

Peter Cole, principal education welfare officer, said that truancy in the town was no worse than other areas of a similar size.

Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: 'Once youngsters get the message that if they are wandering around in school time they could be picked up by the police it should encourage them to stay at school.'
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