Attendance improvement at Liverpool schools

Attendance at schools in Liverpool is improving according to the latest data.

Figures for the autumn 2015 term show that it is the best on record, in both primary and secondary schools.

The figures show that:

• Secondary attendance increased by 0.95% from 93.80% to 94.75%

• Primary attendance increased by 0.50% from 95.63% to 96.13%

Last year the council wrote to every parent reminding them of the importance of attending school, and work has also been going on to share good practice between schools.

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, Councillor Nick Small, said: “We have been working hard with our schools to get the message across to parents that every lesson counts for their children.

“There has traditionally been a culture among some parents of taking children out of school for treats, such as when it is their birthday or for a shopping trip, or fixing a routine medical appointment for the middle of the day rather than before or after lessons.

“It must be stressed that this is only data for one term but the fact that the figures are higher than previous years is extremely encouraging.

“But we must not rest because we know there are still pupils who are missing school needlessly which will be affecting their chances of going on to get a good job and have a stable life.”