Hundreds of pupils on the Isle of Wight have taken part in a scheme that encourages pupils to turn up for lessons by offering them free family ice skating tickets.
Pupils who attend every day for a term are entitled to a free family ice skating pass for Planet Ice in Ryde. The scheme has been running for one year and 4,500 tickets have been handed out. It is proving so successful that the idea is now being copied by other authorities, including Cardiff and Peterborough.
Colin Peak, strategic director for children and young people at Isle of Wight Council, said: "The free ice skating scheme is about giving the pupils something back for their efforts while helping to reduce truancy figures.
"While it's not a major thing, it nevertheless serves as a way of saying well done and giving something back."
The tickets are provided by Planet Ice, at no cost to the authority. hw.