The order - imposed at Stockport magistrates' court and in Mr and Mrs Seaton's absence - comes as a boost to Tony Blair's crackdown on truanting pupils. Passing sentence magistrates said it was the "parents' responsibility to ensure that their child attended school".
Under the 1996 Education Act, the Department for Education and Employment requires that local authorities do everything within their power to enforce school attendance, and this can lead to prosecution.
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