Red tape delay cost my little girl vital schooling

Southend Standard: Red tape delay cost my little girl vital schooling Red tape delay cost my little girl vital schooling

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl has been out of school for nearly six weeks because of a paperwork delay.

Michelle Pavitt, 39, fears her daughter Holly Bennet will struggle to catch up after being stuck at home without any work since the end of March.

The mum sent forms to Essex County Council asking for her daughter to transfer from Janet Duke Primary School, in Markhams Chase, Laindon, to Briscoe Primary, in Felmores End, Pitsea.

The family downsized from their home in Armada Close, Laindon, to Ashfields, Pitsea, because of the controversial “bedroom tax’’.

However, Miss Pavitt has only just been given the go-ahead for Holly to start today, after a six week wait.

Mother-of-eight Miss Pavitt said: “If it was me keeping her off for this long, I would end up in a lot of trouble. There is no way I could afford the journey from Pitsea to Laindon every day.

“I don’t drive, sowould have to rely on a taxi, or public transport, and it would work out to be a 30-mile round trip.’’ Miss Pavitt added: “We had to move house because three of my older children moved out, and I couldn’t afford to pay for our spare room.

“I was phoning the council every day to find out what was happening about the school move, but they just kept saying paperwork takes time.

“I even asked for some work for her to do at home, but they refused.

“I feel like Holly has missed out. She’s behind anyway, and because of this she’ll have difficulty catching up.

“Every day she was asking when she could start her new school and it broke my heart to see her so upset.”

The county council has been cracking down on parents who take children out of school without permission.

Latest figures released in February show 647 Essex parents were fined a total of £23,100 for unauthorised absences in the first five months of the academic year.

Miss Pavitt has kept her older daughter Kareena, 14, at Mayflower High School, in Stock Road, Billericay, because she is in the middle of her GCSEs.

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7:41am Tue 13 May 14

E.C.M. says...

Maybe, use the time wisely and go on a cheap holiday during term time!
Maybe, use the time wisely and go on a cheap holiday during term time! E.C.M.
  • Score: 6

8:58am Tue 13 May 14

Jack222 says...

Five weeks of schooling at that age is not vital. Teacher her to read yourself and stop being paranoid.
Five weeks of schooling at that age is not vital. Teacher her to read yourself and stop being paranoid. Jack222
  • Score: 3

9:13am Tue 13 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I had the same surname as my mummy....
I had the same surname as my mummy.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 1

11:36am Tue 13 May 14

Gaz Michaels says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I had the same surname as my mummy....
That's just cheap and unnecessary.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I had the same surname as my mummy....[/p][/quote]That's just cheap and unnecessary. Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 3

12:32pm Tue 13 May 14

sesibollox says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I had the same surname as my mummy....
I had a Mummy and a Daddy, they too had the same surname as me..
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I had the same surname as my mummy....[/p][/quote]I had a Mummy and a Daddy, they too had the same surname as me.. sesibollox
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Tue 13 May 14

bazza 1 says...

I wonder who is going to get fined for that **** up ?
I wonder who is going to get fined for that **** up ? bazza 1
  • Score: 3

12:57pm Tue 13 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

sesibollox wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
I had the same surname as my mummy....
I had a Mummy and a Daddy, they too had the same surname as me..
Though Jack has two Daddies....
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: I had the same surname as my mummy....[/p][/quote]I had a Mummy and a Daddy, they too had the same surname as me..[/p][/quote]Though Jack has two Daddies.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Tue 13 May 14

karenjkayjay says...

Bless her she is such a lovely little girl, I work at Janet Dukes
Bless her she is such a lovely little girl, I work at Janet Dukes karenjkayjay
  • Score: 7

3:00pm Tue 13 May 14

sesibollox says...

karenjkayjay wrote:
Bless her she is such a lovely little girl, I work at Janet Dukes
Then get back to work, and stop going on the web during school time
[quote][p][bold]karenjkayjay[/bold] wrote: Bless her she is such a lovely little girl, I work at Janet Dukes[/p][/quote]Then get back to work, and stop going on the web during school time sesibollox
  • Score: -2

3:43pm Tue 13 May 14

Steve H says...

Mother of EIGHT, had to downsize because of the bedroom (not a)tax, what the bloody hell did she downsize from???
Mother of EIGHT, had to downsize because of the bedroom (not a)tax, what the bloody hell did she downsize from??? Steve H
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Tue 13 May 14

Talia21 says...

30 mile round trip? On what planet?

The number 5 goes past new house to Basildon, its not a huge walk after that!
30 mile round trip? On what planet? The number 5 goes past new house to Basildon, its not a huge walk after that! Talia21
  • Score: 5

4:15pm Tue 13 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

So why can't the father's, or at least those fathers she remembers the names of, of her numerous children provide maintenance for their sprogs?
So why can't the father's, or at least those fathers she remembers the names of, of her numerous children provide maintenance for their sprogs? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Tue 13 May 14

E.C.M. says...

Mother of EIGHT!!!

You know what you are,
You know what you arrreee,
Michelle Pavitt,
You know what you are?
Mother of EIGHT!!! You know what you are, You know what you arrreee, Michelle Pavitt, You know what you are? E.C.M.
  • Score: -4

6:04pm Tue 13 May 14

MrsBabybop says...

People judge when they don't know facts! These are my cousins and my uncle died 2 yrs ago from Cancer. He was a hard working man and provided from them, my eldest daughter has a different surname to me (she has my maiden name) doesn't make me any less of a mother or person!!
People judge when they don't know facts! These are my cousins and my uncle died 2 yrs ago from Cancer. He was a hard working man and provided from them, my eldest daughter has a different surname to me (she has my maiden name) doesn't make me any less of a mother or person!! MrsBabybop
  • Score: 6

6:21pm Tue 13 May 14

chell1974 says...

E.C.M. wrote:
Mother of EIGHT!!!

You know what you are,
You know what you arrreee,
Michelle Pavitt,
You know what you are?
my children are by 2 men 7 by my ex husband ou died 2 years ago ou was the best dad ever and my little one has her dad and he loves her very much so u can stop with the slaging off ok
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: Mother of EIGHT!!! You know what you are, You know what you arrreee, Michelle Pavitt, You know what you are?[/p][/quote]my children are by 2 men 7 by my ex husband ou died 2 years ago ou was the best dad ever and my little one has her dad and he loves her very much so u can stop with the slaging off ok chell1974
  • Score: 7

6:26pm Tue 13 May 14

chell1974 says...

y dont all off u slagin g me off behind a user name shut up my kids are by 2 very good men 7 are by my ex husband off 16 years ou thought the world of his kids but lost his fight to cancer 2 years ago and my baby has her dads name and he loves he to pieces u are all just small minded people that have nothink better to do with your time ..and for the people ou have said nice things thank u very much for understanding
y dont all off u slagin g me off behind a user name shut up my kids are by 2 very good men 7 are by my ex husband off 16 years ou thought the world of his kids but lost his fight to cancer 2 years ago and my baby has her dads name and he loves he to pieces u are all just small minded people that have nothink better to do with your time ..and for the people ou have said nice things thank u very much for understanding chell1974
  • Score: 8

6:39pm Tue 13 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Wow all those weeks missed in painting with her hands
God get a life!
Wow all those weeks missed in painting with her hands God get a life! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -4

7:03pm Tue 13 May 14

Steve H says...

chell1974 wrote:
y dont all off u slagin g me off behind a user name shut up my kids are by 2 very good men 7 are by my ex husband off 16 years ou thought the world of his kids but lost his fight to cancer 2 years ago and my baby has her dads name and he loves he to pieces u are all just small minded people that have nothink better to do with your time ..and for the people ou have said nice things thank u very much for understanding
I was going to say you could always teach her at home, but by looking at your post, I'd better not!
[quote][p][bold]chell1974[/bold] wrote: y dont all off u slagin g me off behind a user name shut up my kids are by 2 very good men 7 are by my ex husband off 16 years ou thought the world of his kids but lost his fight to cancer 2 years ago and my baby has her dads name and he loves he to pieces u are all just small minded people that have nothink better to do with your time ..and for the people ou have said nice things thank u very much for understanding[/p][/quote]I was going to say you could always teach her at home, but by looking at your post, I'd better not! Steve H
  • Score: 9

8:18pm Tue 13 May 14

imnotanimby says...

Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills.
Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills. imnotanimby
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Tue 13 May 14

chell1974 says...

imnotanimby wrote:
Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills.
stop hiding behind a user name
[quote][p][bold]imnotanimby[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills.[/p][/quote]stop hiding behind a user name chell1974
  • Score: -1

9:15pm Tue 13 May 14

MrsBabybop says...

Buses aren't cheap, I walk everywhere now as I am not paying their prices!
Buses aren't cheap, I walk everywhere now as I am not paying their prices! MrsBabybop
  • Score: 3

9:51pm Tue 13 May 14

Gaz Michaels says...

Some of the posts on here are cruel and downright shameful. So a lady gets caught up in a bureaucratic hitch and her daughter is out of school for 6 weeks. And all some people can do is to comment on here, pouring scorn, bile and humiliation on the poor woman.

Now I'm sure you're all feeling smug about your 'clever' attacks on the lady, but you're deluding yourselves. Re-read your comments - you should be ashamed. The news at the moment is full of claims that the UK is still a Christian country; a lot of these vindictive comments strongly suggest Christian values went out the window a good while ago..
Some of the posts on here are cruel and downright shameful. So a lady gets caught up in a bureaucratic hitch and her daughter is out of school for 6 weeks. And all some people can do is to comment on here, pouring scorn, bile and humiliation on the poor woman. Now I'm sure you're all feeling smug about your 'clever' attacks on the lady, but you're deluding yourselves. Re-read your comments - you should be ashamed. The news at the moment is full of claims that the UK is still a Christian country; a lot of these vindictive comments strongly suggest Christian values went out the window a good while ago.. Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 6

10:23pm Tue 13 May 14

daninorth says...

chell1974 wrote:
imnotanimby wrote:
Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills.
stop hiding behind a user name
I wouldn't even bother to entertain them or even feel the need to explain yourself, laugh at their ignorance
[quote][p][bold]chell1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imnotanimby[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills.[/p][/quote]stop hiding behind a user name[/p][/quote]I wouldn't even bother to entertain them or even feel the need to explain yourself, laugh at their ignorance daninorth
  • Score: 3

10:54pm Tue 13 May 14

imnotanimby says...

chell1974 wrote:
imnotanimby wrote:
Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills.
stop hiding behind a user name
Stop taking the micky out of my name.
[quote][p][bold]chell1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imnotanimby[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning and get on a bus. You could use the journey time to read some story books or just have a chat about the things you see from the window which would help to improve speaking and listening skills.[/p][/quote]stop hiding behind a user name[/p][/quote]Stop taking the micky out of my name. imnotanimby
  • Score: -2

7:32am Wed 14 May 14

E.C.M. says...

chell1974 wrote:
E.C.M. wrote:
Mother of EIGHT!!!

You know what you are,
You know what you arrreee,
Michelle Pavitt,
You know what you are?
my children are by 2 men 7 by my ex husband ou died 2 years ago ou was the best dad ever and my little one has her dad and he loves her very much so u can stop with the slaging off ok
"Slagging off"?

What exactly do you think I am insinuating? If the cap fits, wear it! Something you obviously forgot to do! Do you see what I’ve done there?

Never assume anything! Maybe, you just have a guilty conscience?
[quote][p][bold]chell1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: Mother of EIGHT!!! You know what you are, You know what you arrreee, Michelle Pavitt, You know what you are?[/p][/quote]my children are by 2 men 7 by my ex husband ou died 2 years ago ou was the best dad ever and my little one has her dad and he loves her very much so u can stop with the slaging off ok[/p][/quote]"Slagging off"? What exactly do you think I am insinuating? If the cap fits, wear it! Something you obviously forgot to do! Do you see what I’ve done there? Never assume anything! Maybe, you just have a guilty conscience? E.C.M.
  • Score: -1

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