The number of children who were persistently absent in the autumn and spring terms of 2016 and 2017 increased slightly compared to the same period in the previous year, from 10.3% to 10.4%. Secondary schools had a higher rate of persistent absence than primary schools.
Bath and North East Somerset is one of England#8217;s wealthiest local authorities, according to deprivation indices, but it had one of the highest levels of truancy in 2015 to 2016.
Taking to the streets in cities across the country, the team asked children themselves why they skipped classes. They gave a range of reasons including anxiety, depression, bullying and having little interest in the subjects they are taught.
One in 10 school children being classed as #8220;persistently absent#8221; is a figure that won#8217;t sit well with the government.
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According to the Department for Education#8217;s latest statistics, sickness was the main reason for absence in the autumn 2016 and spring 2017 terms. But illness rates remained the same as the previous year at 2.7%. Unauthorised absences, however, rose, including unauthorised family holidays.