The start of the new academic year can be an exciting time for pupils and school staff, with a summer’s worth of adventures to talk about and a year of learning to look forward to.
On 23 March 2017, the Department for Education published their statistical first release of pupil absence in schools in England 2015/2016. The report highlights that overall absence, across state-funded primary schools, secondary and special schools, has remained the same at 4.6% and has stayed at this level since 2013/14.
The DfE released the first statistical data for 2015/16 school attendance in England. Although this should be treated with caution, as it does not include the summer term data, the headline statistics identify a pattern of continued improvement in school attendance both in the primary and secondary phases.
All too often it becomes a fall-back position for schools to write home about escalating concerns regarding attendance. Take a minute to question how this fosters positive engagement between parents and school, or how it empowers a family to break the cycle of persistent absenteeism and establish a good pattern of attendance?