County truancy figures revealed

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GOVERNMENT figures show that more than 5,500 pupils skip 15 per cent of lessons in Lincolnshire.

The truancy figures for 2010/11 have been released by the Department for Education and show that 6.3 per cent of schoolchildren in the county, 5,545, are absent for 15 per cent of the time.

A total of 2,240 missed 20 per cent of more of their lessons in 2010/11, which is down 0.2 per cent on 2008/09.

The county council also sent out 74 truancy penalty notices, a rate of 13.3 per 1,000 persistantly absent pupil.

That figure is below the English average of 83.2 and marks a rise of 138.7 per cent since 2008/9.

None of those notices were unpaid after 42 days.

The figures were released as Government behaviour tsar Charlie Taylor called on parents who have unpaid truancy fines to have the cash docked from their child benefits.