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News - 16 October 2014

School absence in England falls

New government figures show that the clampdown on families taking children away on holiday in term-time is having an effect.

Pupils missed 35.7 million days of school in the autumn and spring terms of 2013-14 - down by 4.2 million on the same two terms the previous year.

The overall authorised absence rate - time off which is approved by head teachers - fell from 4.3% to 3.5%.

In total, 2.5 million school days in England were lost due to family holidays, both those authorised by the school and those unauthorised. This is down 0.8 million from 3.3 million the year before.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“Headteachers can now only grant permission for trips during term time in "exceptional circumstances, whereas before they could allow up to 10 days leave a year for family holidays in special circumstances.”

The latest data also shows a fall in time missed because of sickness, the most common reason for absence, with 2.7% of half days lost for this reason in the autumn and spring terms, down from 3.3% the previous year.

The figures also show pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those with special educational needs (SEN) were more likely to miss classes.

The data also shows absence rates are higher for pupils at the end of their school career.  Pupils in Year 11 had an overall absence rate 1.5 times higher than the rate for pupils in Year 7 - 5.9 and 3.9% respectively.

The data shows truancy (or unauthorised absence) has also fallen slightly from 1% to 0.9% and fewer students are being classed as "persistently absent" (missing over 15% of lessons).

If you need any help and advice with Academy or Free Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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