Parents of children who regularly
play truant are to be given pagers so they can be informed when their
youngsters have skipped school.
The idea has been developed by
police in Coventry to stop the truants from becoming involved in crime
or targeted by criminals.
The pagers, which will be
given to parents at Alderman Callow School in Mitchell Avenue, Canley,
are being paid for by a £550 donation from the West Midlands Police
Authority’s Community Initiative Fund.
Insp Henry Allcock, who is
based at Fletchamstead Highway police station, came up with the idea
after being concerned that youngsters who play truant could be
vulnerable while out of school.
“The head teacher works
hard with local parents to ensure their children attend school and
take advantage of the education on offer.
“His efforts are supported
by my officers who work in partnership with local community leaders,
as youngsters who do not attend school are at risk from becoming a
victim of crime or involved in crime.”
Insp Allcock said the school
would use the money to buy pagers, which would be issued to parents of
children likely to truant.
“It will enable the school
to contact them immediately if there is a problem with their
youngster and hopefully help them to deal with it without delay.”
Head teacher Roger Whittall
“The governors will help
us support parents who find it difficult to know if their children
are attending school after leaving the house in the morning.
“Unless children are in
school, they are not being educated. This is one of the many
strategies we have in place to encourage 100 per cent attendance and
“The money will also be
used to reward pupils with 100 per cent attendance.”