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Tuancy and unauthorised absence rise in Scotland.

Tuancy and unauthorised absence rise in Scotland.

New Scottish government figures show that truancy and unauthorised term-time holidays have hit their highest level since 2005-06 

 

Truancy levels in Scotland have hit a record high, according to official figures.

The proportion of half days lost due to unexplained absences from school, including truancy, has risen from 0.7 per cent in 2005-06 to 1.5 per cent in 2016-17, according to government figures.

The figures also show that unauthorised holidays hit their highest level last year, with the proportion of half days lost due to unauthorised holidays rising from 0.4 per cent in 2005-06 to 0.7 per cent in 2016-17.

Scottish Labour - which carried out its own analysis of the statistics - estimated that nearly two million days of term time were lost last year due to unexplained absence, including truancy.

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