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Beggs demands action to tackle impact of school absenteeism on academic under-achievement

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has highlighted the impact of school absenteeism on levels of academic under-achievement by bringing a motion for debate on the floor of the Assembly. The East Antrim representative said; “Because of my own family history, I recognise the importance of education to enable everyone to increase the opportunities available to them. For a number of years I have been posing Assembly questions to highlight the significant numbers with less than 85% attendance in school. Many children are missing one day in seven and fall significantly behind in the classroom. This in turn leads to low self-esteem and increases the likelihood that students will drop out of school and the likelihood of becoming Not in Education, Employment or Training, or NEETS. Charlie Taylor, HMG’s Expert Adviser on Behaviour, in his report on improving attendance at school states: “There is a clear link between poor attendance at … Continue reading

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