Tuesday, November 06, 2007
The bill includes a duty on young people to comply with this regulation - and also a duty on their parents "to assist their children to participate". This raises the prospect that parents as well as children will face legal responsibilities to ensure attendance until the age of 18.
But the Department for Children, Schools and Families says that this will not mean parents facing truancy-type fines. Instead, if they deliberately obstruct their children's attendance they could face parenting orders.
Pupils who fail to comply are expected to face fines or community service, rather than prison. There will also be a duty placed on local authorities to ensure that young people participate up to the age of 18.