Fines for parents rise as schools try to reach absent kids

Parents in England are being hit with an increasing number of fines as schools try to encourage children to stop missing school.

The number of non-attendance fines being handed out dropped off during the pandemic, as self-isolation rules and lockdowns led to millions of children learning at home.

But there has been growing concern since it was revealed that almost 1.8 million children regularly missed school in the first term of this academic year.

As part of a mission to tackle this, parents have been fined £3.7m for the school year so far, figures obtained by the BBC show.

Read the full article in the BBC here.