Attitudes towards school attendance must change, warns Wales county borough’s education director

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Director of Education has warned that attitudes towards school attendance need to change if the council is to continue its upward trend in pupil numbers. This is from Wales Online…

While lesson attendance is improving in  most schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Director of Education Chris Bradshaw says too  many pupils are missing at least five weeks’  worth of classes a year.

Last year, Rhondda Cynon Taff was  ranked the worst in Wales for pupil presence, but under the new figures, has risen to  16th out of 22 local authorities – a 1.3%  improvement.

A startling 26 parents were prosecuted for  their children’s non-attendance during the  first three half terms of 2012 and 2013.

And 64 pupils were returned to school or  their homes after being spotted by truancy  patrols, and 75 families were approached by  designated attendance support officers.

A report by Mr Bradshaw signalled a  mostly positive trend in pupil numbers, with  25 primary schools having an attendance  rate of over 94% for the year.

An impressive 14 of the 19 secondary  schools have improved their attendance  from this time last year.

But the director says only five secondary  schools are currently hitting their attendance  targets. The full report will be put before  Rhondda Cynon Taf councillors at the  education and lifelong learning scrutiny  committee on April 11.

Mr Bradshaw, in his closing statement,  concluded: “Cabinet and the education scrutiny committee have made improving  school attendance a priority. It is pleasing to  see the continued overall progress made by  the primary and secondary schools in the  first three terms of 2012/13 in improving  attendance.

“If this continued focus on attendance is  maintained it should impact on educational  standards in the future.

“Working with the schools, parents, and  the wider community we need to change  attitudes to school to raise aspirations and  enriching school life. Improving attendance  is not an easy thing to achieve, but it is  something collectively we need to work  together to achieve.”

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