Persistent Absence

The Government has announced changes to the definition of persistent absence

Dear Parent/Carer

Government Announces Changes to the Definition of Persistent Absence

In September 2015 we were informed by the Local Authority that the Department for Education (DfE) had announced that any student whose attendance falls below 90% from September 2015 will be classed as a Persistently Absent student. Therefore, if a student misses 19 or more days over an academic year they will be classed as Persistently Absent.

The DfE say…


“If over 5 academic years a pupil has attendance of 90% the child will miss a half of a school year, that’s a lot of lost education.

Pupils taking unauthorised leave of absence early in the year could be categorised as persistently absent well into half term five but have perfect attendance from their return date onwards.

As parents play an essential role in supporting attendance the changes to persistent absence need to be shared with them”


The DfE also informed schools that this information must be placed on school websites and published in newsletters or a letter.

In order to ensure parent/carers are fully informed we will issue regular updates via text messages, letters or telephone calls should attendance fall below 90% at key points in the school year.

Thank you once again for your support.

Yours sincerely

H S Hayer

Headteacher