School absence on the decline

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School attendance in Derbyshire is above the national average and improving, according to latest figures. The Department for Education said primary school absence for 2011/2012 was 4.2 per cent compared to a UK average of 4.4 per cent. Secondary school absence is at 5.7 per cent against an average of 5.9 per cent.

Councillor Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We’re delighted that attendance figures for pupils in the county are once again above the national average and similar counties.

“There is a very strong link between attendance and attainment which is why we work closely with schools to make sure students don’t miss classes and parents and pupils understand how importance regular attendance is.”