From September 2015, the government reduced the persistent absence threshold from 15 per cent to 10 per cent. Therefore, a student is now considered to have persistent absence if their attendance falls below 90% (19 days’ absence).
A student with attendance of 90% or below is considered to be a persistent absentee and there will be involvement and monitoring in order to improve this and avoid prosecution.
Parents/carers can continue to help by ensuring the following:
- Make general medical check-up appointments for your child in school holidays.
- Make appointments at doctors’ surgeries after school, as many are now open until quite late.
- Produce a doctor’s/dental/orthodontist appointment card if your child arrives late during a morning or needs to leave early for an unavoidable appointment.
- Return your child to school immediately after a medical appointment, if they are well, rather than them being absent for the whole day.
- Obtain medical evidence in the form of a doctor’s note, consultant’s appointment letter, prescription information, appointment card or advice from a medical practitioner. This is essential for school to continue to authorise absences when a student’s attendance falls below 90%.
- Avoid taking holidays during term time.