SCHOOLS in South Tyneside have chalked up some of the lowest truancy rates in the country.
New figures released by the Department for Education – combining the autumn term of 2012 and the spring term of this year – show just 0.2 per cent of primary school pupils in the borough had unauthorised absences from class with secondary school truancy rates at 0.9 per cent.
The primary school figure was the second lowest in the country and the lowest in the North East.
The secondary school statistics are the second lowest in the region – and the joint 16th lowest nationally.
Council chiefs say a pro-active approach to tackling absence levels has paid off.
A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We want all of our children and young people to fulfil their potential and for them to have the best chance of doing that, they need to be in school because good attendance and good achievement go hand in hand.
“We believe that every lesson matters and for this reason we work closely with our schools to drive down unauthorised absences.
“We are really pleased that unauthorised absence rates in our primary and secondary schools remain among the lowest in the country.
“This shows that the proactive approach that our schools, supported by the council, are taking in managing absences is clearly paying off.
“We would also like to thank parents for their commitment to making sure children come to school and we will continue to work hard to keep absences as low as we possibly can.”