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Attendance

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been made of the effect of lost school days on attainment levels in secondary schools in Copeland in the last three years. (99717)

The Department has been collecting absence data at pupil level for the first time through the Pupil Level Annual School Census since January 2006 and is currently analysing the data, including the impact of school absence on attainment. Although the analysis is not yet ready, recent research commissioned by the Department has shown that there does appear to be an association between absence rates and pupil attainment. In schools in Excellence in Cities (EiC) areas higher than average levels of absence were associated with reduced attainment at GCSE and key stage 3.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of school days lost to pupils as a result of (a) underage drinking, (b) drug use and (c) substance abuse in Copeland in the last 12 months. (99722)

The Department does not collect data on absence that is due to underage drinking, drug and substance abuse.