Pupils: Attendance

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 4th July 2007.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the relationship between pupil achievement and pupil attendance at (a) Key Stage 1, (b) Key Stage 2 and (c) Key Stage 3.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The research report "An Analysis of Pupil Attendance Data in Excellence in Cities (EiC) Areas and non-EiC EAZs" published in 2005 found significant associations between school attendance and performance at Key Stages 3 and 4. Data for 1999-2000 to 2000-03 were analysed for a sample of 454 schools; the profile of the sample schools was less advantaged than that of secondary schools nationally. The research also found a varying impact of high absence rates upon different groups of pupils, particularly in the case of pupil gender, and that the relationship was less significant when background characteristics of the schools were taken into account.

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