Severely Absent Pupils

Part of Education – in the House of Commons at 2:33 pm on 23rd May 2022.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Chair, Education Committee, Chair, Education Committee 2:33 pm, 23rd May 2022

My right hon. Friend rightly says that he is driven by the data, and I thank him for the work he is doing to try to get these children back to school. The Centre for Social Justice suggests that 13,000 children in critical exam years were severely absent in the autumn term 2020, and FFT Education Datalab suggests that 5% of pupils were severely absent from September to May this year. What data are the Government collecting on children in exam years who have been severely absent, and what is being done to bring them back to school and to ensure that they get targeted tuition through the catch-up programme?