Rise in pupils taking term-time holidays in Doncaster

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The number of pupils missing school in Doncaster without permission to go on a -term-time holiday has risen, according to new figures.

Figures from the Department for Education show the number of unauthorised absences was equivalent to 1.8 sessions - half a school day - for every one of the 36,729 pupils who attended borough schools in 2015-16.

This was a rise of 0.1 per cent compared to the previous academic year.

The figures also showed 3.2 per cent of sessions were missed due to authorised absence, such as illness - compared to 3.3 per cent the year before.

The overall rate of absence in Doncaster schools also rose from 5 per cent in 2014-15 to 5.3 per cent.

Pupils in Yorkshire and The Humber lost the most time to holiday. The figures showed the number of absences was equivalent to 1.5 school sessions for every pupil.

The number of as persistent absentees rose dramatically across Doncaster, from 1,440 - 4.8 per cent in 2014-15 to 3,654 - 12.7 per cent.

A pupil is classed as a persistent absentee if they miss 10 per cent of sessions. In previous years it was 15 per cent.

Damian Allen, director of learning and opportunities at Doncaster Council, said: “Regular attendance at school is very important for every child. We continue to promote the importance of regular school attendance to all parents and carers, and where appropriate issue Fixed Penalty Notices and take court action.”

He said the rise was mainly due to changes in reporting methods.