Government Announces Changes to the Definition of Persistent Absence

Government Announces Changes to the Definition of Persistent Absence

Changes to Persistent Absence Threshold for 2015-2016

The Department for Education have announced that the threshold for Persistent Absence will reduce from 15% to 10% from September 2015

The current persistent absence (PA) threshold, of around 15%, means a pupil has to be absent from school for around 28 days or more to meet the classification, running the risk of pupils with potentially troubling absence below this level not being systematically identified.

Recognising the hugely successful work by schools and local authorities to improve overall attendance rates to record levels, and reduce the numbers of persistent absent pupils significantly in recent years, from the beginning of the next academic year, 2015 to 2016, the government will reduce the PA threshold from 15% to 10%.

For the academic year 2014 to 2015, DfE will publish PA rates at both 15% and 10%. 

 


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