Scottish attendance

TWO major reports from north of the border this week. The first looks at attendance in Scottish schools, which have seen small increases in authorised and unauthorised absence in both the primary and secondary sectors.

A second report on exclusions shows an 11 per cent decrease. Most of the 38,656 exclusions were temporary, with only 322 children removed from school rolls. And most of the excluded pupils were boys (93 per cent in primary schools, 79 per cent in secondaries and 89 per cent in special schools).

The improvement in the figures is attributed to the "inclusion" policies adopted by Scottish schools.

Both reports can be found on the Scottish Executive website: http:www.scotland.gov.uk

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