Initiative to tackle truancy produces results

By Richard Wright

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

Initiative to tackle truancy produces results

Cllr Richard Priest signing certificates for pupils with 100 per cent attendance records.

FEWER Isle of Wight pupils are now missing school and attendance is better than the national average.

In 2012, the Isle of Wight schools had the worst absence rates in the country.

Now around 1,000 pupils with 100 per cent attendance are to be given certificates to record this.

Latest statistics show overall attendance rates at primary schools standing at just over 96 per cent, a 1.5 per cent improvement, which is now better than the national average.

Secondary school attendance levels have improved by more than 2.5 per cent with the overall figure now over 94 per cent, very close to the national figure.

Cllr Richard Priest, executive member for schools, said: "Over the course of the last year, the council has worked very hard to improve attendance levels, using a range of methods.

"Many of these focus around prevention, such as working with children who are at risk of becoming persistently absent. By providing support to them and their parents at an early stage, potential poor attendance can be tackled before it becomes a problem. "

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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