After the Children and Young Persons Act was passed in 1933, judges were given the power to send criminally-minded youths to Approved Schools or Attendance Centres.
The West Midlands Police Museum has the original register kept by the Bilston Attendance Centre in the 1950s.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families said the use of attendance centres
would be rare and just one option available to the courts, alongside curfews and community service.
will keep in those refusing education after the leaving age rises to 18.
Community orders have 12 options and can include unpaid work, curfews, exclusion orders, drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment programmes, supervision orders and attendance centres
Attendance centres operate on Saturday afternoons with youngsters taking part in PE and craft subjects, like woodwork, under supervision.
Ex Chief Inspector Larry Bennett has been suspended as officer-in-charge of the West Midlands Senior Mixed Attendance Centre, based at Kingsbury School, Erdington, Birmingham.
This is no bad thing, but it is immensely refreshing to welcome a volume which bucks the trend - in this case, focusing in detail on a minor part of penal policy, the senior attendance centres
(of which there are only twenty-six); devoting nearly two-thirds of the material to a detailed historical review of their development; and offering a modest, but penetrating, analysis of their use in the early 1980s.