Hampshire and Southampton truants 'missing a month's schooling a year'

Daily Echo: Truants 'missing a month a year' Truants 'missing a month a year'

THOUSANDS of children across Southampton and Hampshire are missing the equivalent of a month of school each year, new figures have revealed.

Nearly 9,000 youngsters in the city and county are classed as “persistently absent” based on statistics from spring and last autumn.

Only three places in the country had higher levels of truancy than Southampton during the two terms, where 1,758 primary and secondary school pupils missed at least 15 per cent of lessons.

In Hampshire, more than 7,000 children repeatedly failed to attend classes.

Experts warn the work youngsters miss out on when they aren’t in school is never made up, leaving them seriously disadvantaged throughout their education.

Charlie Taylor, the Government’s adviser on behaviour in schools, said: “Quickly these children begin to fall behind their friends and often fail to fill in gaps in their skills or knowledge – sometimes in basics like reading or writing. Over time these pupils can become bored and disillusioned with education.

These pupils are lost to the system, and can fall into antisocial behaviour and crime.”

Virtually one in ten of Southampton’s secondary school pupils missed 15 per cent of lessons or more during the two terms – significantly higher than the national average.

Department for Education statistics show levels of authorised absence in Southampton and Hampshire are similar to the rates for England as a whole.

But the amount of time off without prior permission is much greater in Southampton than in the county and nationally.

At primary level, 1.1 per cent of lessons at city schools are missed without authorisation, against 0.4 per cent in Hampshire.

And in secondary schools, Southampton pupils failed to attend 1.6 per cent of classes without permission, compared to 0.7 per cent of county children.

But the absence rates are improving, and Southampton’s education boss Cllr Sarah Bogle last night said she believes the picture will continue to get better.

She said: “Schools are working very hard with parents to improve school attendance and overall attendance is improving.

“While disappointed that more progress has not been made, we are confident future years will show the levels of improvement we all want to see.”

Hampshire’s schools chief, Councillor Roy Perry, said he was pleased absence rates were falling.

He said: “Hampshire schools work hard to ensure that pupils attend school and that any problems are addressed quickly so that parents are aware and to avoid bad habits starting.”

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11:22am Thu 18 Oct 12

mickey01 says...

when my son missed one day the whole term the school rang to find out where he was but it seems the ones who scive on a regular basis are left alone to roam the streets of weston etc etc as if the school has given up and the parents or parent are not being punished
when my son missed one day the whole term the school rang to find out where he was but it seems the ones who scive on a regular basis are left alone to roam the streets of weston etc etc as if the school has given up and the parents or parent are not being punished mickey01

11:26am Thu 18 Oct 12

MisterGrimsdale says...

Well my kids didn;t go to school for a month last year and it didn;t do them any harm. Mind you it was august.
Well my kids didn;t go to school for a month last year and it didn;t do them any harm. Mind you it was august. MisterGrimsdale

11:59am Thu 18 Oct 12

freefinker says...

MisterGrimsdale wrote:
Well my kids didn;t go to school for a month last year and it didn;t do them any harm. Mind you it was august.
.. the apostrophe you will find on the same key as the @ sign – i.e. immediately to the right of the colon/semi-colon key you keep hitting in error.
[quote][p][bold]MisterGrimsdale[/bold] wrote: Well my kids didn;t go to school for a month last year and it didn;t do them any harm. Mind you it was august.[/p][/quote].. the apostrophe you will find on the same key as the @ sign – i.e. immediately to the right of the colon/semi-colon key you keep hitting in error. freefinker

12:03pm Thu 18 Oct 12

MGRA says...

they are better off roaming. the alternative is them disrupting others who want to learn. The majority of truants are no-hopers way past any help. The only way they will turn around is once they decide to do it for themselves..
they are better off roaming. the alternative is them disrupting others who want to learn. The majority of truants are no-hopers way past any help. The only way they will turn around is once they decide to do it for themselves.. MGRA

12:42pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Higginz says...

I propose a random sample of ten relatively easy questions based on the previous months learning, every month. Anyone getting three out of ten, or less, more than twice a year, should automatically float up in to the air and explode, Logan's Run style.
Vote Higginz.
I propose a random sample of ten relatively easy questions based on the previous months learning, every month. Anyone getting three out of ten, or less, more than twice a year, should automatically float up in to the air and explode, Logan's Run style. Vote Higginz. Higginz

1:02pm Thu 18 Oct 12

localnews says...

Christ,if they're missing an average of a month's schooling on top of the Holidays they get then how they going to learn much in the three weeks they are at school
Christ,if they're missing an average of a month's schooling on top of the Holidays they get then how they going to learn much in the three weeks they are at school localnews

1:06pm Thu 18 Oct 12

dankarhomes says...

These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over onflated prices during school holidays.
These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over onflated prices during school holidays. dankarhomes

1:06pm Thu 18 Oct 12

dankarhomes says...

These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over inflated prices during school holidays.
These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over inflated prices during school holidays. dankarhomes

4:42pm Thu 18 Oct 12

TurquoiseJ says...

It is the number of school age kids with parents wondering around the shops during school hours that always shocks me. What happened to the truancy patrols that used to stop and ask parents why their children were not at school.
It is the number of school age kids with parents wondering around the shops during school hours that always shocks me. What happened to the truancy patrols that used to stop and ask parents why their children were not at school. TurquoiseJ

4:57pm Thu 18 Oct 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

MGRA wrote:
they are better off roaming. the alternative is them disrupting others who want to learn. The majority of truants are no-hopers way past any help. The only way they will turn around is once they decide to do it for themselves..
Very true,but it's not always the kids that want to miss school,it's the useless parents keeping them at home to keep them company whilst they watch Jeremy Kyle!
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: they are better off roaming. the alternative is them disrupting others who want to learn. The majority of truants are no-hopers way past any help. The only way they will turn around is once they decide to do it for themselves..[/p][/quote]Very true,but it's not always the kids that want to miss school,it's the useless parents keeping them at home to keep them company whilst they watch Jeremy Kyle! 100%HANTSBOY

6:00pm Thu 18 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

Schools are quite rightly very strict about absences.

So why aren't the frequent "inset" days for 'teacher training and communication' held during the school holidays?
Schools are quite rightly very strict about absences. So why aren't the frequent "inset" days for 'teacher training and communication' held during the school holidays? cantthinkofone

6:06pm Thu 18 Oct 12

SaintM says...

the sad thing is that we will end up paying for them in benifits in the future. If they have been found to be absent for so long then also ensure they get no tax payers funds in the future, it will never happen because were too soft and their parents would have to find other ways to gain free benifits to compensate.
the sad thing is that we will end up paying for them in benifits in the future. If they have been found to be absent for so long then also ensure they get no tax payers funds in the future, it will never happen because were too soft and their parents would have to find other ways to gain free benifits to compensate. SaintM

6:40pm Thu 18 Oct 12

mickey01 says...

dankarhomes wrote:
These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over inflated prices during school holidays.
since when did holidays become more important than education ??
[quote][p][bold]dankarhomes[/bold] wrote: These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over inflated prices during school holidays.[/p][/quote]since when did holidays become more important than education ?? mickey01

6:42pm Thu 18 Oct 12

jonnyx says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
Schools are quite rightly very strict about absences.

So why aren't the frequent "inset" days for 'teacher training and communication' held during the school holidays?
do you have to go into work 1 or 2 days a year* during your actual annual leave for compulsory training?

* i've reduced the number of days from 5 as you probably don't have the same annual leave entitlement as teachers - so it's pro rata
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: Schools are quite rightly very strict about absences. So why aren't the frequent "inset" days for 'teacher training and communication' held during the school holidays?[/p][/quote]do you have to go into work 1 or 2 days a year* during your actual annual leave for compulsory training? * i've reduced the number of days from 5 as you probably don't have the same annual leave entitlement as teachers - so it's pro rata jonnyx

6:42pm Thu 18 Oct 12

mickey01 says...

MGRA wrote:
they are better off roaming. the alternative is them disrupting others who want to learn. The majority of truants are no-hopers way past any help. The only way they will turn around is once they decide to do it for themselves..
from my experience the disruptive ones who are sent to a so called "special school" dont have to wear unifrom and are on a flexi rota i guess thats teaching them (not )
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: they are better off roaming. the alternative is them disrupting others who want to learn. The majority of truants are no-hopers way past any help. The only way they will turn around is once they decide to do it for themselves..[/p][/quote]from my experience the disruptive ones who are sent to a so called "special school" dont have to wear unifrom and are on a flexi rota i guess thats teaching them (not ) mickey01

6:53pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Huffter says...

dankarhomes wrote:
These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over inflated prices during school holidays.
Holiday firms don't increase their prices during school holidays - they reduce them during the remainder of the year when demand is not so high.
[quote][p][bold]dankarhomes[/bold] wrote: These figures would come down if Holiday firms and Arline firms stopped ripping parents off with over inflated prices during school holidays.[/p][/quote]Holiday firms don't increase their prices during school holidays - they reduce them during the remainder of the year when demand is not so high. Huffter

1:14pm Fri 19 Oct 12

peenut81 says...

Or we could as a society realise that for 3-4% of young people school is a really inappropriate use of their time and should look at getting them onto apprenticeships or alternatives at 14 so they do not disrupt pupils who want to learn and as taxpayers stop wasting money chasing truants and their parents in a vain attempt to push a square shape into a circle shaped hole.
Or we could as a society realise that for 3-4% of young people school is a really inappropriate use of their time and should look at getting them onto apprenticeships or alternatives at 14 so they do not disrupt pupils who want to learn and as taxpayers stop wasting money chasing truants and their parents in a vain attempt to push a square shape into a circle shaped hole. peenut81

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