The results confirmed their belief that many youngsters now played truant
in neighbouring boroughs to their schools, thinking that they wouldn't get caught.
More than half of pupils who had played truant
in the last 12 months said they had drunk alcohol in the last week, compared with 17% of non-truants.
The survey, conducted by SMART Technologies, found 27 per cent of pupils said they had played truant
in Norwich and Plymouth - the highest truancy rates in England.
In Glasgow, an average of 32% of pupils 'bunked off' school while in Norwich, 27% of pupils have played truant
If they had played truant
, he would go to their homes to speak to the pupils and their parents.
A total of 2,908 pupils (47 per cent) of pupils in the Hodge Hill constituency played truant
during the 2002-3 academic year.
In 2 002/3, the average primary pupil skipped eight half-days and the average secondary pupil played truant
for 15 half-days, the tables revealed.
A COURT'S decision to jail the mother of a 14-year-old who played truant
from school for 12 weeks has been criticised.
The Government said 63,000 pupils played truant
on an average day in 2007 - one per cent of the total, up from 0.
In Coventry an average of 46 pupils played truant
every day in 2002 to 2003.