On the subject of regular truants, we hear from the BBC:
"...after more than a decade of crackdowns the most recent figures show that the rate of unauthorised absence in England is a third higher than in 1997. "
"...up to 2007 there have been 133 parents imprisoned in England and Wales."
Of course, if the government do change the law, as they seem to be threatening to do with this new review, we are likely to see a whole new swathe of parents fall into the "truancy" category and this time parents who are clearly providing a suitable education, but just not one of which the government approves.
If the law changes so that home educators everywhere must do the government bidding and be automatically assessed for suitability of education according to government criteria, we can expect to see more School Attendance Orders being issued to families who were in fact providing a perfectly suitable but not government-approved education. We can expect to see more of these SAOs being ignored by home educators who know that school is not the best place for the education of their children and we can therefore expect to see such parents to included amongst the number of those prosecuted, fined and imprisoned. All uselessly, expensively and damagingly.