To think the EWO is going to give me a hard time tomorrow?

(64 Posts)
Sparklymommy Mon 09-Sep-13 22:05:14

Ok, so my 10 yr old dd is a performer. She wants a career in performing arts, has an agent, likes to work and is an exemplary pupil.

Due to Gove and his controlling attitude we have had some disagreement with the school over school absence. Dd wants to audition for our local panto ( as she enjoyed it last year) and if successful will probably need a few afternoons off school for matinee performances.

Head teacher said, in July, that she can no longer authorise this. Or time off for exams. I seriously considered removing dd from school and home educating but decided, after much soul searching, to try and get clarity from government.

Got a reply early August that children in employment are not affected by changes in the absence laws and exams are fine as they are classed as education off site. Forwarded e-mail to head teacher. Thrilled to bits!

The saga continues! Today, first day back, head tells me the education welfare officer, having read the e-mail, would like a meeting with me. Hence tomorrow we have a meeting at the school.

AIBU thinking that I am going to be made to feel guilty/ in the wrong?

Dd is top of the class for most subjects, above average in everything and has had extra tuition to further improve her English and verbal reasoning for 11+. Even with doing panto, a few auditions, done exams and a week of illness she had 93% attendance last year. She wants a career in the arts and this is, to her, as important as algebra and grammar. We ALWAYS ask for work to be sent home and she has always been a very conscientious student.

Scared I'm gonna get a flaming tomorrow!

foslady Mon 09-Sep-13 22:24:26

Posts like this make make me so glad for dd's school! Not sure re panto, but their view to dance exams have always been that it's a recognised professional body that are testing her so happy to give permission (she's also taking part in a kid triathlon next week - when I emailed the school to ask permission it was given along with a 'good luck' message from the Head Mistress). Dd's school tend to have the 'broaden pupils horizons/embark on new experiences' attitude, to which I've be very happy about!
With a 93% attendance and a good report, hopefully there will be some leeway - maybe the Head is just looking for a standard clarification as they are unclear
Hope it goes well

Sparklymommy Mon 09-Sep-13 22:28:56

To be fair, it isn't the head that's the problem. She, like me, is quite happy for dd to do panto and to take what the e-mail from government as clarification. But bloody county are making her life, and my life, a misery! They tell her one thing and me another. Quite looking forward to having them BOTH in the same room!

Pilgit Mon 09-Sep-13 22:34:18

Go with this evidence. Stay cool and keep calm. Treat it as a business transaction. I presume they want to see her education won't suffer - that is clear from what you have said. Good luck!

HeySoulSister Mon 09-Sep-13 22:37:33

You say your dd ' enjoyed' it last year, so wants to do it again?

Well is having enjoyed something a good enough reason? I'm sure all kids could find something they enjoy doing and want time off to do it. It's a local panto

foslady Mon 09-Sep-13 22:37:36

Sounds like the Head is fed up with Gove as well! Hopefully it should go well - you can prove that it's been a positive experience for her that hasn't affected her educationally (bad turn of phrase but I hope you know what I'm trying to say!) - I guess yours is the 'test' case for your local LEA!

CHJR Mon 09-Sep-13 22:37:48

Don't panic. Our ds2 has SN and we find the people on the ground are usually quite realistic, just there are some boxes to tick in between. Take a copy of DD's reports, proof of previous pantos she's done, and a very calm approach so he or she can tell you're a sane trustworthy judge whom they can agree with. Tell them sane sensible things like, of course we don't let her do more than 1 play a year (or whatever) "more than that would be too much at her age don't you think?" (It often helps if they feel you see it as a genuine consultation and cooperation I find.)

cricketballs Mon 09-Sep-13 22:49:25

the head is just making sure that all boxes are ticked regarding your DD's attendance/out of school activities. The EWO may give you a hard time, but if you have evidence then they do accept it - imagine the uproar if a parent claimed that their DC were doing this, that and the other so their attendance was low and something terrible was missed because it wasn't checked upon

Sparklymommy Tue 10-Sep-13 06:42:14

HeySoulSister yes, she enjoyed it. But it is more than that. For dd it it is almost work experience. This is the career that dd wants, performing on stage and screen and Panto is the start of that. She works extremely hard, 52 weeks a year with her singing and dancing. It isn't "just" a local panto to her, it's a valid part of her education for her vocation. It is a professional panto, not amateur, and from attending a competitive dance audition to having two weeks of rehearsals. To learning about spacial awareness and working in teams.

Education (certainly for my children) is more than just sitting behind a desk doing sums and spellings.

RedHelenB Tue 10-Sep-13 07:07:35

Sparkymommy - just don't get too precious about a "career on the stage" at her age. It should be just a panto to her! But I subscribe to the view that a few afternoons won't hurt. my dds are lucky in that their panto is evenings only or weekend & both primary & secondary have been reasonable about not doing homework during that time.

RedHelenB Tue 10-Sep-13 07:13:10

And the reason it won't hurt to have a few afternoons off is that it is confidence building, they are learning to take direction, physical exercise (if they are dancing) so part of the PE curriculum & socially having to mix with other children & adults so i don't think YABU. It may be that the grammar school she goes onto may be equally as strict, a point to consider when choosing schools.

waltzingmathilda Tue 10-Sep-13 07:24:30

The Head, whilst covering her own backside, has the final say in absence. It's not as clear cut as present/absent etc - there are many variables within the system, absent (medical), educated off site, school trip, and so forth there is absolutely no reason why she cannot tick one of the other suitable boxes that gives full attendance.

neunundneunzigluftballons Tue 10-Sep-13 07:47:30

Education (certainly for my children) is more than just sitting behind a desk doing sums and spellings.
^This .

I could not agree with you more and as parents and obviously highly involved parents you should be actively involved in your child's education.

IneedAsockamnesty Tue 10-Sep-13 07:59:44

I wouldn't worry about it at all,you have clarification directly from the gov if the EWO wishes to waste a bit of time let them because in the long run it will save you hassle.

If they do give you a hard time tell the, to take it up with the education minister.

Vivacia Tue 10-Sep-13 08:25:58

The bit about your post that really struck me is how you appear to be viewing today's meeting. You are not a naughty school girl, called in for a telling off from the head. Remind yourself that you are an adult. A serious, sensible, responsible, calm, reasonable parent. Also, go in to the meeting with the explicit understanding that whatever your differences, you and the school have at least one area of common ground - the best interests of your child.

Sparklymommy Tue 10-Sep-13 13:05:21

Thank you everyone for your posts. The meeting is at 2:30pm, so just preparing what I need to say. In a way I feel that the EWO is just wasting everyone's time tbh. As far as I am concerned, the e-mail from government is clarification that my daughter should be allowed to do the Pantomime.

I understand the poster who says I shouldn't be precious about a career on the stage, and believe me I'm not. But should it be the path she goes down then having repeated professional engagements in panto etc on her cv (which is already much more impressive than my own!) can't hurt.

Sparklymommy Wed 11-Sep-13 08:54:21

So we had a meeting with the EWO. Who repeated, blindly, over and over again that we were lucky to have a. School place and dd should therefore be in school. At all times. Unless too ill to attend.

She was very frustrating and hadnt done her homework. She didn't really know what she was talking about and hadn't even read the e-mail from central government that I had forwarded to her. She kept saying that she did not see the educational value of dance exams! Even though they get UCAS points for them! Argh!

redexpat Wed 11-Sep-13 09:04:22

Then she is unprofessional. Who comes to a meeting without having done any prep? What could she actually do to stop you?

pianodoodle Wed 11-Sep-13 09:05:14

Wow that's mad! I wouldn't let the matter drop there.

I was always allowed time off for music exams etc... In fact the school would make a point of announcing things like that at assembly and even have a little certificate "presentation" (despite not being the awarding body!) just to encourage stuff like this.

I also did music festivals/competitions so not the same as exams regarding UCAS points etc... but anything like this would have been seen as educational and worthwhile.

We had a few girls who did acting outside school and sometimes class trips would be organised to go and see the production!

That was probably before the stricter laws about term time absence but still...

It's no coincidence I'm sure that many of the people taking time off for reasons like this will be able students anyway. It's not like they're away on holiday!

jacks365 Wed 11-Sep-13 09:12:22

Sparkly the email mentioned exams not performances though and they are not the same thing.

What can tbey do about it? Take you to court for truancy you said you considered home school and maybe you should relook at that option or if possible a private school that can cater to her better. The ewo will be monitoring you now.

Bramshott Wed 11-Sep-13 09:34:14

Do you/the panto have a child's performance licence for her?

PrimalLass Wed 11-Sep-13 09:49:21

Is there a stage school anywhere near you?

titchy Wed 11-Sep-13 09:57:44

If she's doing more than three performances a year you should have a licence from the LEA which would avoid all these issues.

If the EWO is unwilling to read the clarification you have from central government find out who her line manage is.

She will have one.

Elsiequadrille Wed 11-Sep-13 10:19:00

I'm astonished she wasted your time with a meeting at all, but to also come unprepared and uninformed...

Do take this further if you need to. You could also consider flexi schooling (ask on the home ed. section about current laws as I'm sure they changed recently).

RedHelenB Wed 11-Sep-13 12:27:07

Honestly, if she gets work as a performer it will be on how she is at audition, dancing at age 10 on a stage for those purposes is neither here nor there. If she is 10 as in year 6 I can understand why the school is getting twitchy BUT if you feel it is worth while then do it & if it goes down as unauthorised absence so be it.

mummytime Wed 11-Sep-13 13:14:24

If she is working as a performer, surely she has to be licensed by the LA, and if she gets one there are only specific times the school can object (mainly actual GCSE exams). Hasn't her agent dealt with this before?

I know this because my DD falls into a grey area as she is part of a choir, she isn't part of the licensing system, and we have to argue instead that her absences are educational.

Sparklymommy Wed 11-Sep-13 13:50:39

She is licensed for everything she does. Different department within the LEA. We have never had any trouble getting her licensed.

The e-mail I have from central government covers performance and exams, and possibly festivals too actually!

She is year 6, and a very able student. The EWO even said she probably does manage to catch up, but not all children could! She is actually AHEAD in nearly all subjects. The EWOs response when told this? Just because she is advanced doesn't mean she is reaching her full potential!

The trouble is, she is saying that at 10 unauthorised absences they will seek a prosecution. Apparently dd has 6 unauthorised absences in the last six months (due to them not authorising exams and auditions and a performance last term).

She actually did back down eventually and said that should dd be offered a part in panto then they will authorise it, and that she would "look again" at the exams. The exams are accredited, and accrue UCAS points. Therefore I am sure she will have to eat humble pie in the near future!

mummytime Wed 11-Sep-13 13:56:01

It sounds to me as if the school are classifying absences in correctly.
Exams should count as Educational reasons (same as Music exams). Performances are covered by the license. I'm not sure about Auditions.

ProudAS Wed 11-Sep-13 14:14:52

There is a legal obligation for tuition to be provided if children are off school due to being engaged in entertainment although I think that only applies if they are off for 10 days.

Sparklymommy Wed 11-Sep-13 14:21:47

Dds attendance last school year was 93%. He brothers both had 100% attendance.

Dd had four mornings off for exams, 4 sessions off for panto and 1 week off with tonsilitis. She also had 1 afternoon of for a drama festival and 1 day off for an audition. School and the EWO have not taken into account the 1 hour 1 to 1 she has outside of school with a tutor working on 11+ preparation.

I always ask for work to be sent home when she is absent. Usually it isn't forthcoming though!

themightyfandango Wed 11-Sep-13 15:22:09

I would like to think an EWO has more pressing cases to worry about than your clearly high achieving daughter. Seems like a typical situation of gunning for the easy targets. I hope you get it sorted.

iwantanafternoonnap Wed 11-Sep-13 17:10:46

I would see if you can get any information about how much the children that excel at sport and play for the school/county have off. I bet if she excelled at running or a team sport that would make the school look great you wouldn't be getting this hassle.

Sparklymommy Wed 11-Sep-13 19:28:18

iwantanadternoonnap I did ask her about that! grin

I would like to see them targetting the children whose parents just cannot be bothered to send their kids in on a regular basis. But they seem to get away with it all the time. Makes me so cross. She is a hard working child with a good ethic. But apparently that counts for nothing!

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 11-Sep-13 23:55:28

So why are you bothering with fretting?

Do the approach that you know works for you break down the minutes of the meeting into bullet points answer them all with an explanation of the actual rules.

Then email the lot to the head of your local EWO copy in the school and the head of the LA education dept.

And complain about the EWO you met having a total lack of understanding of the rules and not even reading the confirmation you sent her from the gov then ask what they are intending to do to rectify a member of there staff not following or knowing the rules and how are they going to prevent your dd being disadvantaged by the rules not being applied.

Ifcatshadthumbs Thu 12-Sep-13 00:06:12

"Gunning for easy targets" sums this whole absence thing up nicely.

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 12-Sep-13 00:12:26

This is looking like its going to become a real problem

Time off under licence for performance has never counted towards the supposed 10 days off and doesn't count towards this. The EWO should know this. Legally there has to be a good educational reason (such as brung behind in schoolwork) for a licence to be rejected. & you can challenge it in court.

Professional panto is a wonderful experience. My dd learnt so much from it.

Just state the facts, go armed with the info & don't take any bollocks

Good luck.

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 12-Sep-13 00:17:09

Sorry missed the meeting had already taken place

The only absence which could possibly be classed as unauthorised is auditions. Somewhere in thecrehulationscthete is a maximum days off they ate slowed in one year but its a hell of a lot more than 10 days or how would the Matilda/Billy kids get on

cory Thu 12-Sep-13 06:44:42

Not surprised by this. The last EWO who came to see us (when dd was ill) lectured me for 10 minutes on the value of education and then had to ask me for help to fill in her own forms because she couldn't understand the wording and didn't know how to spell her own answers. The value of education, indeed... hmm

Looks like you have all the information you need though, Sparkly, so just put it calmly into bullet points. She'll end up with egg on her face.

RedHelen, surely how you come across in audition later on is very much about experience? And about learning- which is what you do through actually being on stage. If Sparkly's dd applies to stage school, she will also have to go through interview, where again they ask about experience. She will also do a workshop as part of the audition process at most stage schools, and that is very much about movement and being comfortable with teamwork and physicality.

If she was a promising cellist, her parents would want to make sure she got the chance to play in an orchestra; if she was a promising footballer, people wouldn't have any difficulty in understanding that her talent needed to be developed through being in an actual team. Theatre is very much about teamwork skills.

auntpetunia Thu 12-Sep-13 07:36:49

How about replying to whoever sent you the email setting out that everything was covered, and ask them to contact your county and EWO. Specifically to out them straight! Maybe they'll listen to central government. Your. DDs attendance last years sounds wrongly marked as well, 1 week ill doesn't make 93%, the rest should have been authroised.

Sparklymommy Thu 12-Sep-13 08:17:05

Thanks everyone. I would argue that last years attendance was wrongly marked, but unless it gets to the point of them prosecuting me and then I would go armed with all the evidence that proves it was wrongly marked. I am not prepared to have some EWO who isn't following the rules try to stop my daughter doing what is very important to her.

Panto auditions are tonight. grin

What they don't know is that my son is also auditioning grin. I am pretty sure he won't get in as he is only just old enough (birthday was Tuesday) and he is quite small for his age. But he is good and seems to find it easier than his sister to have success so it could be two of them wanting the time off!

Sparklymommy Fri 13-Sep-13 10:12:16

Well, auditions went well. Dd got in, ds didn't (although I was told only because he was so much shorter than the next boy!)

Paperwork taken in to school this morning. Now eagerly awaiting the signing of the papers and them returned to me!

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 11:33:37

Congratulations to her.

WorraLiberty Fri 13-Sep-13 11:41:38

Dds attendance last school year was 93%

Maybe that's why the EWO was concerned?

RedHelenB Fri 13-Sep-13 12:05:13

The point I am making is that these skills come from any involvement in being on stage, does n't necessarily have to come from a panto in school time. And no, getting a part in a west end musical would be purely based on if you were right for the part at that point, not on a cv that said you danced/ sang/ acted in a panto aged 10.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 12:24:27

Of course it would RedHelen

However having known lots of children who have been through the West End audition process the ones who are eventually cast almost always have prior experience building up from panto , tours, smaller parts.

The experience just gives you the edge.

Professional panto is a fabulous experience. My dd gained a lot from doing it. Within a year she had landed a lead role in a touring musical & a year later a place at a full time dance school.

The laws are in place both to protect children working in entertainment & to acknowledge the value of what they do.

It's just that done teachers & EWO's are confusing the two sets if legislation.

SeaSickSal Fri 13-Sep-13 12:34:30

93% is not very good. That's about a day off every two weeks.

Bearing that kind of attendance record in mind I'm not sure that taking her out for extra days is really on at all. If she had a really good attendance record then perhaps, but if she's already off fairly regularly I can understand why they are concerned that you want to add to this.

Wibblypiglikesbananas Fri 13-Sep-13 12:39:13

Did anyone take minutes at the meeting? If not, I'd be writing a very strongly worded email to all and sundry detailing exactly what was said, including naming and shaming the EWO for clearly not having a clue. I'd also be highlighting the fact that they completely wasted your time by requesting that you attend a meeting they hadn't in fact bothered to prepare for.

Can't stand the whole nanny state, people can't make sensible choices for themselves approach. Your daughter is clearly flourishing. If you still get no joy, I'd consider a solicitor specialising in education. I know that sounds extreme, but council jobsworths usually back off as soon as an official looking letter lands on their desk...

roamer2 Fri 13-Sep-13 14:18:10

I think this is to do with the tightening up of authoprised absences that has been sneaked in:

School sent home a note this week saying that the county council (or in other words Michael Gove) now says that children cannot be taken out of school and even if they are ill that is to be managed within school as far as possilbe. If there is exceptionally good reason (i.e. relative abroad is dying) they may have one holiday per key stage

RedHelenB Fri 13-Sep-13 16:43:32

Well the three girls at dds dance school who I know who have got scholarships to top dance schools/stage school managed to do so without missing school and managed to find performance opportunities at weekends/evenings.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 16:58:21

So if one of them had been offered say a Royal Ballet or Birminghsm Nutcracker via JA's they'd have turned it down - really?

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 17:02:31

We're not taking our kids out if school willy billy. This is why the licensing process exists. You don't need a licence unless you're missing school or doing more than 4 days in 6 months.

Schools are just getting confused & thinking its the same as authorised holidays.

Our LEA issues the licence anyway.

RedHelenB Fri 13-Sep-13 17:05:32

This is panto. I think with Northern ballet it might have meant some afternoons but mainly it was evenings & weekends, not school performances so less school missed. Fair enough for op's dd to miss school if that's what she & op want but them being in performances didn't have anything to do with getting into dance school.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 17:07:37

A friend of dds did panto for two years then Birminghsm Nutcracker the next year. She missed more school with nutcrackerer.

In both you have to miss school for matinees.

BoundandRebound Fri 13-Sep-13 17:08:13

Did you see the attendance officer at the school or an external educational welfare officer, if so were they LEA or contracted privately by school.

It is the heads decision to authorise or not.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 17:09:04

Interestingly Manchester JAs are on Friday daytimes this year.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 17:11:21

It's not actually the heads decision bound. The EWO can take the heads feelings into account but the ultimate decision (and licence) comes from the EWO.

The law says there gas to be a good, valid educational reason for the time off to be refused eg. A child is behind in their work or they want to be in a show in the middle if SATS.

BoundandRebound Fri 13-Sep-13 17:34:16

EWOs decision to authorise absences? Not in my experience although may be different if already referred and its an LEA EWO I don't know

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 17:41:57

For children in entertainment it is completely up to the EWO. It's a separate set of legislation.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 17:44:09

However that is for performances & rehearsals only. It doesn't apply to classes, exams or auditions which is up to the head.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 17:45:11

I'm a LA licensed chaperone and so have had to go on a training course with my EWO about it all.

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 13-Sep-13 22:43:22

Pictures a child performing in a paid performance is the responsibility of the head permission wise however the EWO if so inclined can insist on a tutor being provided.

Picturesinthefirelight Fri 13-Sep-13 23:19:08

Some local authorities don't even ask the heads permission before issuing the licence.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 15-Sep-13 14:49:46

A poster on the Notapushymum website has given me permission to post this here.

She has won the battle & been issued a licence despite the head teacher refusing permission & thought this might be useful to orhers in the same situation.

"What the law says about the license

Dear all,
I would like to point out something very important that happen to me and that might be of some use for someone else that might find themselves in the same situation. As someone of you might remember my dd was offered the chance to be cast in the ensemble for Emil and the Detective at the National Theatre. Great was my despair when the school wrote a letter saying that they have in their prospectus the rule that they don't allowed time off for performing arts in any format and for any time of period doesn't matter how short. Even more so when the lady at LEA told me that she woudn't go against the school and wouldn't give the license and the Children Administrator for the theatre was convinced there wasn't much that was possible to do. I decided to read very carefully what the law says about it and see it for myself. Then I wrote a letter to LEA, which took me almost a week, that I will copy here to share with you and for future reference.

I am happy to say that against all the odds I received the license yesterday. I might say that I am very proud of it and consider it a victory for all the parents of performing children and possibly a milestone in the Children Performers's License history

I have to stress that whoever will follow this path is going to have a bumpy ride and the school might get nasty and although it sounds like a straightforward process you still have to tailor made it so it works for you (who to call, when to call, what to say, always polite, which documents if any do you need to attach to make your letter more informative and deciding). Anyway, here is the letter>

Dear Ms xxx,

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me last xxxx. As discussed with you, I believe the Children Administrator for the xxx, will be applying for a licence for my daughter xxx xxxx to participate in their production xxxx on stage at the xxxx from xxxx to xxxx, with rehearsals starting on xxxx

Attached is the letter from Mr xxxx, Headteacher for xx's school xxxx, stating that they will not allow authorised time off school to pupils who ask to take part in Performing Arts. This decision is taken without considering if the child is on target (if not above) with the national standards for academic results, or for number of absent days, and also without taking into consideration the educational benefits of the project neither the professional opportunity which is recognised by one of the biggest industries in London and the fact of how useful later on this will be when applying to a University (such as a course in English and Drama at Queen Mary) or for the development of any kind of career in the performing arts (not just acting but in the creative or administrative side of the industry).

The reason for my email/letter is that I fear that Mr xxxx's letter can jeopardise the chance for my daughter to be part of what my husband and I believe is an amazing educational and professional opportunity. Lack of a consistent approach to this matter is a well known problem.

I would like to mention in this instance that your department is a member of The National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE). Citing their website, they are "dedicated to the continual development and implementation of ‘good practice’ issues for children engaged in employment and taking part in public performances". Furthermore they "are also committed to what they believe is the right of children to access opportunity. We recognise that a consistent approach by all local authorities will inevitably lead to providing more, as well as, better outcomes and opportunities for children." They recognise "the difficulties faced by productions where there is a different response in various parts of the country, and can mean that one child may take part and another may not. This is unfair on productions, but more significantly it is unfair to the child." "The so called ‘postcode lottery’, must be extinguished", they say.

I would add that this would be less so if the licensing authorities would make use and enforce the powers that the law grants to them, as per Children and Young Persons Act 1963 chapter 37 (4) : " ... a local authority shall not grant a license for a child to [do anything] unless they are satisfied that he is fit to [do it], that proper provision has been made to secure his health and kind treatment and that, having regard to such provision (if any) as has been or will be made therefor, his education will not suffer; but if they are so satisfied, in the case of an application duly made for a license under this section which they have power to grant, they shall not refuse to grant the license."

The Statutory Instrument that followed the Act, The Children (Performances) Regulations 1968, states chapter 2 (1) "The licensing authority may make such inquiries as they consider necessary to enable them to be satisfied that they should grant a license as required by section 37(4) of the Act, and in particular they may request a report from the head teacher in respect of the child."

It seems to me that the licensing authority, in order to gather all the necessary data to form its valuation on the request, can ask the school a report on the child in respect, presumably, to his/her school's results and number of absences and NOT the school's opinion on Performing Arts.

It seems to me that even in the case where the school could produce poor results and attendance for the pupil (which is absolutely not the case for xxx), still the Local Authority have discretionary judgment on the case and decides (if the request satisfies the conditions imposed by the Act in relation to the welfare and the education of the child) that it is indeed an opportunity for the child not to be missed and license must be granted. In fact, the relevance of the independent judgement of the Local Authority finds confirmation in chapter 39 (6) where it says "Where a local authority refuse an application for a license under section 37 of this Act or revoke or, otherwise than on the application of the holder, vary such a license they shall state their grounds for doing so in writing to the applicant or, as the case may be, the holder of the license; and the applicant or holder may appeal to a magistrates’ court". The right to appeal is against the Local Authority's decision not the school's letter.

I believe the Legislator gave the licensing authority to the Local Education Authority and not to the schools to avoid that different "opinions" could create disparity among the children.

As you can appreciate from this email I feel extremely strongly about the situation I find my daughter in and I will send a hard copy of this email to yourself and to the Children Administrator of the production company in support of the license request.

In Faith"

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