Truancy down in Derbyshire

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SCHOOL attendance in Derbyshire is above the national average and improving, according to recently-released statistics.

The Department for Education figures showing primary schools’ total absence for the county for 2011/2012 is 4.2 per cent compared to the national average of 4.4 per cent.

Secondary school total absence is down for the seventh year running at 5.7 per cent compared to the national figure of 5.9 per cent.

Coun Mike Longden, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “We’re delighted that attendance figures for pupils in the county are once again above the national average and similar counties.

“There is a very strong link between attendance and attainment, which is why we work closely with schools.”