Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has welcomed the publication of statistics revealing primary school attendance levels are at their highest since records began.
Last year witnessed the biggest drop in absence in one academic year since records began in 2007-08. This represents a 1.1 per cent improvement on the previous year's figure.
The data shows that the long-term trend for declining absence continued during 2013-14, with just 5.2 per cent of half-day school sessions missed due to overall absence.
In addition, five per cent of primary schools had no absences, while the percentage of pupils that were persistent absentees was lower than it has been over the past seven years.
Mr Lewis said the figures demonstrate the success of the measures recently put in place to boost attendance levels.
"This year's statistics are no fluke - they follow a consistent pattern of improvement seen in both primary and secondary schools since we started collecting figures," he added.
Posted by Alan Douglas