Figures on overall and persistent absence in the 2011-to-2012 academic year were affected by unusually low levels of flu-like illness in schools along with the religious festival Eid falling out of term time. However, today’s figures confirm that the reductions in persistent absence shown in the 2011-to-2012 two-term figures have been maintained in the 2012-to-2013 academic year.
Of pupils who miss between 10% and 20% of school, only 39% manage to achieve five A* to C GCSEs including English and maths. Of pupils who miss less than five% of school, 73% achieve five A* to Cs including English and maths.
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