Praise for progress on attendance in Wales

Wales’ education minister has praised the efforts of secondary schools to boost attendance rates in the last academic year.

Huw Lewis welcomed new statistics showing that the number of school days missed through absence was now falling, but added that the Welsh government would continue to make improving school attendance a priority.

In the last two years, £800,000 has been spent on the campaign to keep pupils in school. This academic year parents have been targeted at the beginning of the new term with leaflets and banners on the school gates in a bid to drive the message home that to “miss school is to miss out”. 

The leaflets set out a list of common complaints or illnesses school children suffer, ranging from head lice and foot and mouth especially in younger pupils to chicken pox and measles and offers guidance on whether a child can attend school.

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