About 27% of pupils said they had played truant
in both Norwich and Plymouth - the highest truancy rates in England, said the survey.
Statistics for the school year which ended in July show that out of 22,734 Coventry primary school pupils 2,132 played truant
Nearly a third of secondary school pupils and a quarter of primary-age children played truant
in Birmingham last year.
A WELSH MP yesterday criticised magistrates for jailing a mother whose two children played truant
in West Wales.
A NORTH Wales man faces arrest over claims his 10-year-old son played truant
from school because he wanted to stay at home to protect his mum from attacks.
Contraceptives were handed out as the girls played truant
About 2,775 primary pupils and 4,624 secondary students in the county played truant
at some point last year, according to statistics released by the Department for Education and Skills.
The Smoking, Drinking and Drug Misuse Among Young People in England in 2002 survey found that 35 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds who had ever played truant
admitted to smoking regularly -at least one cigarette a week.