‘Pupils absence at record low,’ figures show

The Telegraph is reporting that the number of children missing lessons has fallen to a record low due to families taking fewer authorised holidays after the government clampdown…

Figures show the number of students regularly missing school in England in 2013/14 is down nearly 200,000 over the last five years. The number of those pupils classed as persistent absentees has almost halved since 2010 – the lowest level since comparable records began.

The number of children persistently missing class, which are those who miss 15 per cent of school, has dropped every year since 2009/10– and has fallen by 46 per cent, from 433,130, over the period. However, the report also showed a slight increased in the number of unauthorised holidays.

Government officials said the drop was a result of tough new rules on holidays which mean that headteachers can now only grant permission for trips during term time in “exceptional circumstances”…

Allan Foulds, Vice President of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “There is a well-known link between high attendance and high performance. School leaders have taken the issue very seriously and clearly our approach is having an impact on improving attendance. So, these figures are good news…”

More at: ‘Pupils absence at record low,’ figures show

 

Get all the detail from the DfE at: Pupil absence in schools in England: 2013 to 2014

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove It’s got nothing to do with “tough new rules on holidays” & everything to do hard work by schools communicating with parents

  2. Stephtaylorpowell

    ‘Persistent absentees’ does not refer to children going on holiday for two weeks out of the year in my eyes. It is more likely that the school attendance teams banging on doors and fines for those ‘persistent absentees’ has helped get children back into school. This report has nothing to do with holidays at all

  3. Stephtaylorpowell

    ‘Persistent absentees’ does not refer to children going on holiday for two weeks out of the year in my eyes. It is more likely that the school attendance teams banging on doors and fines for those ‘persistent absentees’ has helped get children back into school. This report has nothing to do with holidays at all

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