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APPENDIX I to the minute of the meeting of the Education Committee of 24 November 1998 (Article 4(b) refers)

MINUTE of MEETING of the SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SUB-COMMITTEE of the EDUCATION COMMITTEE held in the Community Wing, Arbroath Academy, Arbroath on Friday 6 November 1998 at 10.00 am.

Present: Councillors BRIAN M C MILNE, Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE and GEORGE NORRIE; and Mr EDWARD SIMPSON and Mr RON MURRAY.

Councillor MILNE, Convener, in the Chair.

 

1. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Sub-Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order No 27(2), that the public and press be excluded during consideration of the following items so as to avoid the possible disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, paragraph 5.

2. EDUCATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 1980 - ATTENDANCE DEFAULT CASE NUMBER 2/98

The Sub-Committee considered the case of a child who had failed to attend school regularly without reasonable excuse. Appropriate notice had been served on the child’s parents requiring them to appear or give written information to this meeting.

Having heard the school representative on the pupils non-attendance and having sought answers to a number of questions from the boy’s mother, the Sub-Committee agreed:-

(i) to give a warning and continue the case for six weeks to allow for an improvement in attendance;

(ii) to make an Attendance Order in terms of Section 36(2) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 requiring the parents to cause him to attend the school which he had been attending; and

(iii) to refer the child to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel.

3. REQUEST TO EDUCATE PUPIL AT HOME

The Sub-Committee considered Report No 1129/98 by the Director of Education detailing a request from the child’s parents to withdraw her from school and to educate her at home.

The child’s parents and a representative from the School House Association were admitted to the meeting together with a representative from the Education Department. The representatives presented their views on the Report. The child’s parents reiterated the information already provided to the Education Department on proposals for educating the child at home.

Following detailed consideration of the proposals outlined by the parents and their representative, and having heard the views of the representative from the Education Department in relation to provision for the child’s particular educational needs, the Sub-Committee agreed:-

(i) that appropriate officials of the Education Department make a further home visit; and

(ii) that the situation be reviewed by the Sub-Committee at the earliest opportunity following the visit.