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Pupil attendance campaign starts

A campaign has been launched to help reduce the number of truancy cases in Nottingham's schools.

Pupils with a perfect or improved attendance record will be in line for rewards - such as free music downloads and ten pin bowling tickets.

There has been a drop in the number of parents and carers prosecuted for letting their children skip lessons.

But despite this, Nottingham still has one of the worst school absentee rates nationally.

More than 100 schools, from primary to secondary level, will take part in the Attendance Challenge scheme.

The project has been devised by a social enterprise group and is being supported by the city council.

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