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Is Fining Parents the Answer to Schools Absence?

Posted: 05/06/18

Schools absence is a big issue.  In 2017, it was revealed that the overall pupil absence rate in the UK was 4.5%.  One in ten of these pupils were classed as ‘persistently absent’, with students citing anxiety and depression amongst the reasons why they skip lessons.  Whilst it could be said that the child’s education […]

School Attendance hitting the Headlines across the UK

Posted: 28/03/18

This week alone, there have been multiple headlines in the media about school attendance in London, Cornwall, Bath, Warrington and Birmingham; with Yorkshire topping the table in England for all the wrong reasons.  With attendance figures in many authorities having been calculated; the best and worst performing schools (regarding attendance) have been released. School attendance has has been a […]

Call for schools to improve checks on pupils who do not turn up…

Posted: 01/02/18

The tragic story of the sudden death of a father whose daughters spent almost 24 hours with his body, hit headline BBC News this week.  Their bereaved mother is now calling for schools to make extra checks on pupils who do not turn up. Helen Daykin, who says “there’s no reason why this couldn’t happen again…”, is campaigning for […]

Council’s Controversial Attendance Campaign Causes a Stir

Posted: 08/11/17

‘Good reasons for missing school – there are none’   East Sussex County Council is facing a huge backlash to its recent campaign to parents.  Its ‘Get a Grip’ campaign, aimed at boosting school attendance sent leaflets to parents, urging them to ‘get a grip’ because their child had missed as little as three days […]