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Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils

Inquiry

The Education Committee has launched an inquiry into persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils.

This inquiry will focus on the issue of persistent and severe absence in schools, with a focus on supporting disadvantaged pupils. The inquiry aims to examine the issue of persistent and severe absence and the factors causing it and to assess the likely impact and effectiveness of the Department’s proposed reforms on attendance. The inquiry will also assess the impact of interventions such as breakfast clubs, free school meals, holiday clubs, and after school clubs on improving attendance for disadvantaged pupils, and will develop recommendations as to how attendance can be improved, particularly for disadvantaged pupils.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry. You can submit evidence until 23:59 on Thursday 9 February 2023. Your submission should be no more than 3000 words.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 9 February 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Seventh Report - Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils
Inquiry Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils
HC 970
Report
Response to this report
First Special Report - Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils: Government response to the Committee’s Seventh Report
HC 368
Special Report
First Special Report - Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils: Government response to the Committee’s Seventh Report
Inquiry Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils
HC 368
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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27 June 2023
Inquiry Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils
Witnesses Nick Gibb (Minister of State for Schools at Department for Education), and Graham Archer (Interim Director General for Families Group at Department for Education)
Oral Evidence
6 June 2023
Inquiry Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils
Witnesses Nathan Persaud (Programmes Director for England at School of Hard Knocks (SoHK)), and Jonathan Pauley (11+ Education Manager at City Inspires)
Oral Evidence
6 June 2023
Inquiry Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils
Witnesses David Holmes (CEO at Family Action), Leigh Middleton (CEO at National Youth Agency), and Declan Barker (HAF Manager at Nottingham City Council)
Oral Evidence
Anonymised (PA0052)
Anonymised (PA0219)
Anonymised (PA0209)

Other publications

No other publications published.

Contact us

  • Email: educom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: 020 7219 2370 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 8895 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA