Forum to tackle school absence problem

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, November 29, 2012

 

THE number of Isle of Wight secondary school students who regularly miss school is almost double the national average — leading to plans to create a new forum to tackle the problem.

Figures released by the Isle of Wight Council reveal 12.9 per cent of students were classed as persistently absent between September 2011 and April 2012, compared with a national average of 6.8 per cent.

In a bid to tackle the problem, the council this week announced plans to set up a joint forum with schools and colleges to understand why absence levels are so high and agree a way forward.

Membership of the forum would include headteachers, chairs of governors and senior council officers.

A decision on the creation of the forum is due to be made soon under delegated powers by council leader Cllr David Pugh.

A delegated decision report revealed the local authority failed to meet its education performance targets during the second quarter of the current financial year.

It warned there had been significant underperformance following this year's exam results.

As previously reported, only 45.1 per cent of students achieved five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths, compared with the national average of 58.6 per cent, causing the Isle of Wight to plummet to second from bottom in the national league table.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Richard Taylor

30th November 2012, at 09:02:39

Under performing schools and teachers. Truant kids and part time Pugh heading up a forum of people who should have been tackling it anyway. Is this a recipe for success?

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by Neil Rogers

30th November 2012, at 07:08:01

No need to worry ,, " Part-Time Pugh " is driving this initiative forward
so suffice to say it means it's a shambles in the making .. and will not get off the ground ,, his track record speaks for it's self ...

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by kevin froment

29th November 2012, at 18:37:17

i wonder how much this little jolly is going to cost us, some expensive credit card repayments looming i shouldnt wonder

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by ROBERT SMITH

29th November 2012, at 16:35:40

YET another example of a TORY getting involved when he knows NOTHING about the subject. BUT Its good to know that PUGH knows everything about children when he has got NON of his own. BUT the one thing he is good at is destroying their education then blame IT on every body else. Would it not be a good idea to GET the kids to tell him why they regular miss school.

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by jenny cannell

29th November 2012, at 16:21:18

Good idea to include people at ground level who have contact with these children on a daily basis.......oh wait a minute, they are not going to!

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by jenny cannell

29th November 2012, at 16:21:10

Good idea to include people at ground level who have contact with these children on a daily basis.......oh wait a minute, they are not going to!

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