Reduction to the Persistent Absence Threshold

The DfE has announced a reduction in the threshold for Persistent Absence from September 2015.

The Department for Education has announced that the threshold for Persistent Absence will reduce from 15% to 10% from September 2016.

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%. 

In planning to meet this new challenge schools may wish to consider buying additional support for attendance from the Education Social Work Service

Details of the ESWS Traded Services Support can be found here

For further information contact

Neil Hellewell, Principal Education Social Worker

Tel 01274 385730



Published: 10/12/2014
Audience: Headteachers, Attendance Leaders, Attendance Officers
Contact: Neil Hellewell

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