Truancy rates in England’s schools are at their highest since 1997.
An estimated 63,000 pupils truanted every day, equating to 1% of all school sessions missed without a valid reason. This is also a rise of a quarter, or 0.21 of a percentage point, on comparable figures from last year which were 0.79%.
The government has written to local authorities urging them to keep up the pressure on persistent absenteeism.
Um, because it’s worked so well in the past?
How much money is your local authority wasting on truancy sweeps, then? Go on, send them an FOI request and find out.