Truancy clamp down across East Riding
Over 50 children were caught out of school, following truancy sweeps by East Riding Council.
The council's welfare service, working alongside Humberside Police, stopped 56 children, aged between five and 16 in Beverley, Goole, Bridlington and Driffield.
Those stopped included children with parents and groups of young people.
School attendance in the East Riding is continuing to improve, according to figures.
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The number of holidays taken during term time has dropped by 38 per cent, from 52,551 days lost in 2007/08 to 19,934 days lost during 2011/12.
East Riding Council ranks 22nd out of 152 local authorities for overall attendance at primary schools – above the national average. Secondary schools in the East Riding are ranked 77th.
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and local authority schools, said: "The improved attendance figures are good news for our children and young people as they can only benefit from a good education if they are in school.
"It is still concerning though, that some children are missing many days of their schooling and do not even attempt to hide their absence from the authorities.
"The message about the importance of a good education needs to be constantly reinforced and I give my full support to the efforts of the education welfare service and Humberside Police in tracking down and following up on those pupils not in school."
Mike Furbank, head of achievement and inclusion at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, added: "There is a direct correlation between educational outcomes and the number of days spent in school.
"Children need to be in school to learn and we will work vigorously to make this happen.
"My thanks go to the education welfare service for their persistence and hard work in bringing about these improvements."