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Number of unauthorised primary absences rises

31/08/2012 Joanna
New figures show that the number of authorised absences at primary school has increased.

The Department for Education data reveals that 0.7 per cent of school sessions were missed by primary age children during the spring term, up 0.1 per cent on the same period last year, the Press Association reports.

On a typical day, over 23,000 pupils were absent due to truancy, family holidays, illness and other reasons.

Commenting on the figures, schools minister Nick Gibb warned absence is a serious matter, which the government is determined to address.

"Poor attendance at school can have a hugely damaging effect on a child's education," he said.

"Children who attend school regularly are four times more likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs, including English and Maths, than those who are persistently absent."

Earlier this year, Charlie Taylor, the government's expert adviser on behaviour, encouraged those in jobs in education to take steps to tackle the problem of unauthorised absence. 

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