New absence data: What does it mean?


The DfE has now published new absence data for the academic year 2017–18. Joanne Sierzega explores the main messages, key patterns and trends for absence and persistent absence and the implications for the school attendance officer.

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Joanne Sierzega

Joanne Sierzega worked for almost 16 years in local authority education welfare. Since then she has established CSAWS (Central School Attendance and Welfare Services Ltd) with two partners. CSAWS comprises a team of education welfare officers who are committed to achieving better outcomes for children by securing regular attendance at school.

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