Parents who refused to send their children to a school in special measures claim a council has set a precedent by awarding them Pounds 10,000 towards home tutoring.
The six pupils, aged between 11 and 12, have had private lessons since September after their parents stopped them attending Bishops Park College in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Holly O'Toole, whose son Harry is being tutored, said Essex County Council's decision could prompt similar action by other parents. "I definitely think the council has set a precedent," she said. It would be difficult to refuse other families in the same position, she added. It is hoped the children will return to school next term.