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More than 100,000 students were absent from school in Scotland on one day at the end of August, according to Government figures (12%).

Health anxieties amongst parents and pupils means that many pupils are reluctant to return to the classroom.

The Government has said that it will fine families who do not attend. But how will this work and do you have a contingency plan in place? This blog post tells you all you need to know.

Poor student attendance

Student absence in Scotland

Pupils in Scotland began returning to school on 11 August after being away since March.

Provisional figures from 28 August show that 84.5% of pupils in Scottish schools were present, down from a confirmed 95.8% attendance on 17 August.

Why are pupils absent from school?

Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, told BBC Scotland it believed many parents were “erring on the side of caution” and keeping children who had cold symptoms off school.

However there could be another cause.

Despite figures believed to be in excess of 11,000 – only 22,000 of these were Covid-19 related.

The Scottish government said it was common for other viral infections to circulate after a “prolonged break” away from school.

What can be done to help poor student attendance?

EDClass is designed to help all students who are absent from school, with either long-term or short-term illness or through other factors (including exclusion, mental health and school phobic).

It has a proven track record of improving attainment and engagement in education to these pupils.

A tailored learning pathway can bring the best out of students – as know learning is being targeted to their needs.

11,000 lessons are available in a wide range of subjects. Live and recorded lessons are provided within the platform.

Safeguarding is an essential of the system. Eyes-on learning means with a webcam enables any incident on camera can be reported to the school and other local authorities if needed.

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