All of Dundee's 10 secondary schools are to introduce passes for pupils who are out of school, as part of an anti-truancy drive in the city.
In a link-up with Tayside Police, the "supporting school attendance" initiative will involve teams of police and educational welfare officers checking youngsters in the cty centre. Those caught without a pass will have a letter sent to their parents.
"We know that attendance and attainment are linked and this project is ultimately about helping pupils with their achievement," George de Gernier, the education convener, said. "This is also about protecting children who might be endangering themselves outside when they really should be in school." Photograph by ALAN RICHARDSON