New Attendance Rules
With effect from September 2015 the government has changed the definition of Persistent Absence to 90%. This means that any student who has less than 90% attendance at school will be labelled a persistent absentee and the school will be expected to chase their absence and ensure it moves above 90%. If the school is unable to persuade parents to send their child to school as required, then it would become a matter for the Local Authority who might instigate legal proceedings which might include intervention with families, warning letters, fines and court prosecution. It is important to emphasise that proven medical absence (prescriptions, appointment cards, hospital appointment letters, attending counselling etc) would be allowed.
A student would be a persistent absentee if they missed:
7 days before Christmas
12 days before Easter
19 days in a year