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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-04-01more like thismore than 2014-04-01
answering body
Department for Education more like this
answering dept id 60 remove filter
answering dept short name Education more like this
answering dept sort name Education more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
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pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the incidence of truancy was in schools in the latest period for which figures are available; and what steps he is taking to reduce it and to involve parents in those efforts. more like this
tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
tabling member printed
Jim Shannon more like this
uin 194633 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
answer text <p>Since the report by Charlie Taylor on improving school attendance, the Government's focus has been on reducing absence overall and encouraging schools to address patterns of poor attendance early.</p><p> </p><p>To help schools do this, the Department for Education reduced the threshold at which pupils were classified as persistent absent, from 20% to 15% of sessions missed. In 2012, we increased the level of the school attendance penalty fines, from £50 and £100 to £60 and £120 respectively, and in 2013 reduced the overall timescales for paying fines from 42 to 28 days. The second most common reason for absence is family holiday, so we tightened the law in September 2013 so that headteachers could only grant requests for leave during term time in exceptional circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>Our reforms are working. In 2012/13, 300,895 pupils were persistently absent, down from 433,130 in 2009/10 - a fall of almost a third. 130,000 fewer pupils were missing 15% of school in 2012/13 compared to 2010/11. Overall absence rates are down from 6.3% of possible sessions missed in 2008/09 to 5.2% in 2012/13.</p><p> </p>
answering member constituency South West Norfolk more like this
answering member printed Elizabeth Truss remove filter
question first answered
less than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-07T12:00:00.00Z
answering member
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label Biography information for Elizabeth Truss remove filter
tabling member
4131
label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this