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  • Writer's pictureEllie Costello

Understanding the absence data

We have met with the Children Commissioner’s office to discuss the issues around persistent absence and the lack of data. We are delighted that the Commissioner’s 2020 Business plan highlights the link between persistent absence and SEND and sets out proposals for the development of a Good Schools Index. The ambition is "to keep the focus on making schools fit for all pupils who wish to be at them, by tracking persistent absence and its link to SEND, and publishing finer-grained data on what persistent absence means and what might lie behind it.” Coronavirus has interrupted plans to implement the strategy, but we are very pleased to see the lack of data being highlighted as a key strategic priority.


See p6: "We also want to keep the focus on making schools fit for all pupils who wish to be at them, by tracking persistent absence and its link to SEND, and publishing finer-grained data on what persistent absence means and what might lie behind it."





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Mike Mc Fall
Mike Mc Fall
13 jul 2020

I have just read the business plan. It is all relevant, but I am disappointed with the commissioner, as I have always been. She stops short of considering the role of staff within schools. There is plenty of evidence that many schools and teachers do not follow guidance and good practice. My son who has SEN was bullied, harassed and discriminated against. Much of this was by individuals who should have known better and who would not do what they did to my son. There appears in many quarters to be a reluctance to question the professionalism of individuals. Although the actions and consequences are different, it is almost like the abuse in care homes that went unchallenge…

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