Number of children missing lessons in Norfolk i Nike Air Max s on the rise
Now 4,800 pupils lose lesson time on an average day.
New government figures show in the autumn term 5.3pc of children were absent from the county’s primary and secondary school classrooms, compared with 5.1pc 12 months earlier.
South west Norfolk MP and education minister, Elizabeth Truss, pictured below, said poor attendance at school can have a “hugely damaging effect” on a child’s education.
“Children who attend school regularly are four times more likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs than those who are persistently absent”, she said.
“While the overall absence rate in Norfolk has improved in recent years it does remain relatively high.
This means some of the absences would have had permission, for reasons such as illness, medical appointments and pre arranged family holidays.
The Department for Education, which compiled the data for England, said the rise in absence was because of sickness, family holidays and in some parts of the country because the timing of an Islamic religious festival.
The mark of persistent absence was reduced by the government to missing 15pc of schooling, which was reduced from 20pc in 2011.
From September this year parents issued with a fines would have to pay 60 within 21 days, previously 28 days, or pay the full fine of 120 by the 28th day, which was previously within 42 days.
Norfolk’s secondary schools hold the highest overall absence rate in the East of England region, including Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, and Nike Air Max Suffolk, with 2,490 young people failing to attend a figure which is 0.5pc above the national average of 5.7pc.
He said reducing absence is a priority and described a range of measures in place to tackle the problem, inc Nike Air Max luding supporting parents, helping them to improve parenting skills and reminding them of the importance of regular attendance at school.
“Our attendance officers work with schools and families to draw up a plan to support the young person and tackle wider issues that may be impacting on attendance”, he said.
“We know there is a link between absence and attainment, and we want Norfolk children and young people to have every chance of achieving their aspirations and being successful in life.
“To succeed, young people who are registered at school need to attend regularly and together with parents, teachers and the wider community, recognise the value of education.”
He warned that when other support and intervention was exaughsted the council is not shy to take further acti Nike Air Max on against families, including fines and prosecutions.
But one senior teacher in charge of inclusion at a Norwich school described the latest figures in Norfolk as “worrying”.
Lucie Harrison, an assistant principal at Sewell Park College, said the link between attendance and attainment is key.
“There’s a massive link between the two”, she said. “If we can get them here that’s half the battle. If you have a job you can’t just say you are at home your employer would just laugh at you if you say you have a headache.”