Warning over truancy in East Yorks

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Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Hull is one of the worst places in the country for pupils skipping school, Government data shows.

Education leaders in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire have issued a strong warning saying that their education welfare officers will take tough measures if pupils repeatedly miss lessons.

The number of pupils who missed 38 or more classes in Hull schools in the last school year was 1,590. It is one of the worst 15 of 150 authorities across the country for school absences, with a rate of 5.2%.

Of the 1,590 pupils regularly missing from lessons, 950 were secondary schoolchildren and 630 were registered with one of the city’s primary schools.

The absence rate in the East Riding was 3.6%. A total of 1,395 pupils missed 38 sessions in the autumn of 2013 and spring this year.

Secondary school pupils made up 958 of the total, while there were 405 pupils with similar problems in primary schools.

The secretary of the Hull branch of the National Union of Teachers, Mike Whale, says long-term absences from school are a real problem but the majority of schools do not have sufficient resources to deal with missing pupils.

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Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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