ASCL welcomes the opportunity to submit written evidence to the committee’s inquiry into persistent pupil absence. In addition to the points below, we would urge the inquiry to consider ASCL’s published works on The Forgotten Third
, and our Association’s Blueprint for a Fairer Education System
. Both of these documents give valuable context to our responses on the experience of schools and the young people they serve.
Our submission is based on discussions with our members and focusses on a number of areas within the terms of reference. These are: the reasons for persistent absence, reasons why persistent absenteeism is more prevalent among particular groups of pupils, and the level and effectiveness of action and support from schools.
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