Sunday 22 October 2017

Jersey primary kids more likely to take term-time hols than UK

Friday 21 April 2017

Jersey primary kids more likely to take term-time hols than UK

A new report shows parents of primary school children in Jersey are much more likely to take their children out of school for authorised family holidays than they are in England.

Commissioned by the Education Department, the Pupil Attendance and Absence Report shows that overall, the main reasons for absence from school are illness (60%) and family holidays (14.2%), and unauthorised absence is much lower in Jersey than in England, where it is three times higher.

But the number of primary school children taking agreed time off for family holidays bucks that trend as this table shows, with a Jersey primary school child seven times more likely to take time off for an agreed family holiday than a child in England:


School Absence

The report notes:

"Table 5 shows that the rate of authorised absence in Jersey primary schools (4.1%) was higher than in England (3.1%) in the latest year, due predominantly to percentage of sessions missed due to agreed family holidays: in Jersey 0.7 per cent of all available sessions are missed due to authorised family holidays compared to 0.1 per cent of all available sessions in England. 

"In contrast, the unauthorised absence rate in primary schools in Jersey (0.3%) was lower than in England (0.9%), due predominantly to the percentage of sessions missed due to ‘other’ unauthorised absence and unauthorised family holidays."

Family holidays that had not been agreed by a teacher or school authority were marginally lower than in England in primary schools, accounting for 0.2% of all absences compared with 0.4 in England, but the rates for secondary school were the same at 0.2%.

The news comes following a warning from the States of Jersey Education Department, who said that they “do not condone leave during term-time” and that head teachers will only authorise leave “in exceptional circumstances."

“Every child in Jersey has a right under the law to go to school, and it is their parents’ legal duty to ensure they attend,” a spokesperson said.

The report showed that attendance had improved overall during the past eight years, remaining steady at 94.6%. Unauthorised absences were also far less frequent than in England, where the rate is three times higher.

Attendance was highest amongst Year Six pupils at 96.2%, while Year 11 had the lowest at 89.4% due to their summertime ‘study leave’ break prior to GCSEs.



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Posted by Simon Dodkins on
Spending time with their family is far more important to the healthy growth and development of a young person than attending a school, in my opinion. This drive to demand that all children attend every single day of school is not healthy. Let the kids take time out with the families on holidays when they need to. You'll get happier, healthier kids, and parents.
Posted by Penny Kent on
Supposing 4 children per week are taken out of school to go on holiday, which would mean overlapping absences which could double that number.............that COULD be each and every week. If you were the teacher, how would you want to cope with that? Every parent of every absent child would insist on their child being enabled to catch up. Whilst the teacher is finding extra time - and patience - to deal with the needs of the holiday children when they return, would the teacher have less time for those who needed help who did not go on holiday? Would those children have to keep going back on the curriculum so that everyone else could catch up?
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