ASCL comment on announcement of four new attendance hubs

Julie McCulloch, Director of Policy at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to the announcement of four new attendance hubs by the Department for Education.
“We welcome the creation of these new attendance hubs but do not feel that this comes anywhere close to addressing the scale of the problem. The number of persistently absent pupils has doubled compared to before the pandemic. More action is needed to address the rising tide of mental health problems, the pressures on special educational needs support and the blight of child poverty. All these factors are linked to high levels of pupil absence and only concerted government action can resolve them.”