TIBSHELF: Persistent pupil absence rate ‘down’ in Derbyshire

Persistent absence is down across Derbyshire schools.
Persistent absence is down across Derbyshire schools.
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Persistent absences in Derbyshire schools - which includes those in Tibshelf - are lower than the national average and reducing, new figures show.

Rates of persistent absence are 2.5% compared to the national average of 3% in the county’s primary schools.

Persistent absences in Derbyshire secondary schools stand at 6.2%, compared to 6.4% nationally.

Figures released by the Department for Education show primary school total absence for the county for 2012/13 is 4.5% compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Absences in secondary schools are level with the national average of 5.8%.

“We’re pleased the county’s attendance figures are better than the national average,” said coun Jim Coyle, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for children and young people.

“There is a very strong link between attendance and attainment, which is why we work closely with schools. We will continue to work together to ensure this downward trend continues.”

Total absences in Derbyshire’s secondary schools have consistently dropped over the last seven years from 7.73% in 2005/2006.

Last year the figure was 5.7% with persistent absenteeism - a child with 85% attendance or less - running at 7.4%.

A number of projects operate in Derbyshire to tackle unauthorised absences, including a fast-track prosecution programme and fixed penalty notices.