Record truancy low in Newham

Fewer pupils are skipping school in Newham since records began, according to new figures published today.

Of Newham’s 47,445 pupils, 3.2 per cent (1,500) were classed as persistent absentees, taking 38 or more days off in the 2013/14 school year - down from 4.3pc the previous year.

When records started in 2006, the figure was 7.5pc (3,215 of 42,965 pupils).

The fall in truancy in Newham mirrored the general trend across the country.

School Reform Minister Nick Gibb said the plan was to get “more young people than ever back in class.”

He added: “Missing lessons can be hugely damaging to a pupil’s education – but today’s figures show more pupils than ever before are getting the best preparation for life in modern Britain.”

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