Truancy rates reached a record high last year as more than 63,000 pupils skipped school every day. Official figures released on Tuesday showed that since Labour came to power, the number of children in England playing truant has risen by a third - despite more than Â£1 billion being spent on tackling the problem. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1580027/Truancy-rates-rise-despite-1bn-campaign.html My solution is simple Set up a number of residential schools across the country and send the offenders there. Parents get to pay the travel fare. They remain in the residential school and undertake exams periodically. They are not allowed to leave until they achieve a set standard grade. If they truant a second time they must stay there until they have passed exams at 16. If they fail, then they stay there until they are 18 or pass them. It is estimated that 63,000 children truant each day. Think of the teaching jobs that would create and the money which would be spent on imprisonment of the parents is addressing the actual problem.