The link between attendance and attainment


By One Education
on 01 April, 2016

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Schools minister Nick Gibb quoted, “..missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to achieve good grades, which can have a damaging effect on their life chances.”

Data released by the Department for Education on 24 March 2016 shows further evidence that the national campaign to raise attainment standards by tackling persistent absence and truancy is having a positive impact.

Overall absence rates remain significantly lower than 5 years ago despite a slight increase of 0.1% on last year with a national average of 4.6% across all state-funded schools. Alongside this a new government report indicates that every day missed was associated with a lower attainment outcome irrelevant of the reason for absence.

This statement appears to be backed by the official research which shows 78.7% of pupils with full attendance in key stage 4 achieved 5+ A* to C grades including Maths and English. For pupils with attendance between 95% and 99.9% this dropped to 69.1% and by the time a pupil became a persistent absentee (ie attendance of 90% or below) the rate of pupils still achieving 5+ of the top grades has decreased to just 35.6%.

Useful links:-

Research shows that overall absence had a negative link to attainment

Pupil absence statistics for 2014 to 2015

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