Big fall in pupils persistently skipping school


MP Andrew Selous has welcomed the news that the number of pupils persistently skipping school in Central Bedfordshire has fallen by 25.5 per cent since 2010.

In 2009/10 a total of 2,012 pupils were regularly absent from school, but this fell to 1,498 in 2012/13.

Mr Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, said: “The evidence shows that persistent absence from school has a serious detrimental effect on pupils’ performance and so it is great news that, thanks to this Government’s actions, truancy has dramatically reduced in Central Bedfordshire.

“This Government is reintroducing rigour into our schools, ensuring high standards of discipline are maintained, and our EBacc means that more young people are studying for the key academic subjects that will help them get a job.

“There is no excuse for skipping school. We have taken action to reduce absence by increasing fines and encouraging schools to address the problem earlier.”

Mr Selous added: “It is good that 130,000 fewer pupils are regularly missing school under this Government.

“I welcome measures to give teachers powers to search pupils and impose same-day detentions.

“This demonstrates our determination to get tough on bad behaviour.”