NEW figures released by the Department for Education show that school absence figures across our area have risen slightly.
The figures released relate to the spring term, from January to the end of March.
They show that overall absence has increased marginally from the autumn term last year.
The overall absence rate in state-funded primary schools in Portsmouth is 4.7 per cent – up from 4.2.
Across Hampshire the absence rate stands at 4.4 per cent, up from 3.8 per cent.
The overall absence rate in state-funded secondary schools in the city is 7.3 per cent, up from 6.4 per cent.
In Hampshire secondaries it is 6.1 per cent, up from 5.4 per cent.
Schools Minister Nick Gibb said: ‘Children who attend school regularly are four times more likely to achieve five or more good GCSEs, including English and maths, than those who are persistently absent.
‘We are determined to tackle absence before it causes long-term disadvantage.’