Persistent Absence, what is it?
A pupil is a ‘Persistent Absentee’ if they miss 10% or more of all possible sessions regardless of whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised. Absence equals learning days lost with children playing catchup with work missed. Children that miss 10% or more of their education are less likely to fulfil their educational potential.
Department for Education found overall absence negatively effects attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 – every extra day missed is associated with a lower attainment outcome.
- Pupils with at least 95% attendance achieve 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*- C
- Only 10% of persistent absentees achieve 5 A* – C GCSEs compared to 58% of regular attenders
- 21% of persistent absentees had no qualifications compared to only 3% of regular attenders
Attending school, inclusive of being on time, are good lessons for life, for hobbies and pastimes, future learning, training and employment.
|100%||0 days missed|
|99%||1 day missed|
|98%||3 days missed|
|97%||1 week missed|
|96%||1 and a half weeks missed|
|94%||2 weeks missed|
|93%||2 and half weeks missed|
|92%||3 weeks missed|
|90%||4 weeks missed|
|85%||4 and a half weeks missed|
|82%||Half a term missed|
|78%||7 weeks missed|
Ask yourself the following
- Is your child too sick to attend school?
- Have you requested all medical and dental appointments are booked outside of school hours?
- Is that holiday in term time worth more than risking your child’s education?