Persistent Absence, what is it?
A child is persistent absent if they miss 10% or more of all possible school sessions regardless of whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised.
Children persistently absent play catch-up with work, miss time and opportunity with friends, and miss out on clubs and extra-curricular activities (areas to apply learning).
|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|
Impact on educational attainment
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
Importance of regular attendance
Regular attendance enables children to fulfil their educational potential. It also lays foundations for future learning, commitment to hobbies, training and employment.
Persistent absence and other factors
Persistent absence often clusters with other factors (housing, health, finances). Ask your school about ‘Early Help’.
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