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.

The link between absence and attainment at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4

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
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92%3 weeks missed
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85%4 and a half weeks missed
82%Half a term missed
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