Department for Education: New Attendance Hubs

 

The Department for Education has announced the establishment of four new “attendance hubs” in response to the pressing issue of school absenteeism, which has seen a surge since the onset of the pandemic, as highlighted by a report from the Education Committee.

 

Led by schools with exemplary attendance records, these hubs are on a mission to provide practical guidance and innovative ideas to primary, secondary, alternative provision, and special schools across England grappling with attendance challenges. πŸ«πŸ’‘ They will also be sharing strategies to foster a positive culture that encourages student attendance, including the use of extracurricular activities such as school trips, sports teams, or breakfast clubs. πŸ†πŸ₯ž

 

These freshly established attendance hubs are strategically placed in Nottinghamshire, Grimsby, and two in Swindon, taking the total number of hubs to 14. Their mandate? To support approximately 800 schools, responsible for the attendance of 400,000 children across the country. πŸŒπŸ‘«

 

These hubs are geared up to collaborate with schools over the next academic year, commencing their important work in the coming weeks. The Education Committee’s report highlighted that physical illness remained the primary reason for school absenteeism both before and after the pandemic. πŸ€’πŸ“š

 

To tackle this issue head-on, MPs have recommended a joint effort between the Department for Education and the Department for Health & Social Care to launch a targeted public information campaign. This campaign will guide parents on when it is appropriate for unwell children to attend school, ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment. πŸ₯πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ

 

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan underlined the pivotal role that school attendance plays in nurturing children’s confidence and providing them with the education they require to reach their full potential. 🌱 She expressed her delight in expanding the attendance hubs and continuing efforts to reduce absenteeism through collaborative initiatives like the Attendance Action Alliance. πŸ€πŸ“ˆ

 

Find out more about this initiative by following this link:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-more-pupils-to-receive-support-to-improve-attendance#:~:text=The%20four%20new%20attendance%20hubs,support%20schools%20across%20the%20country.

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