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Pupils: Attendance

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what assessment he has made of the relationship between pupil achievement and pupil attendance at (a) Key Stage 1, (b) Key Stage 2 and (c) Key Stage 3. (147544)

The research report “An Analysis of Pupil Attendance Data in Excellence in Cities (EiC) Areas and non-EiC EAZs” published in 2005 found significant associations between school attendance and performance at Key Stages 3 and 4. Data for 1999-2000 to 2000-03 were analysed for a sample of 454 schools; the profile of the sample schools was less advantaged than that of secondary schools nationally. The research also found a varying impact of high absence rates upon different groups of pupils, particularly in the case of pupil gender, and that the relationship was less significant when background characteristics of the schools were taken into account.