Education Secretary vows to tackle persistent absenteeism of children ‘head on’

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He education secretary has vowed to tackle the persistent absence of children in a campaign to “avoid the sharpness of loss”.

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nadim zahavi They would say that the students who do the most harm by not being in school are vulnerable, disadvantaged and “least faced”.

Ahead of the spending review later this month, ministers will pledge “not to stop making the case for investment in children and youth”.


His commitment will come to the fore in his speech to the principals on Saturday.

Mr. Xahavi would say: “Another major priority for me would be to get to the root of the cause of the children’s frequent absenteeism and then deal with it.

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I will work tirelessly to take forward all these issues, to give world class education to all children, because this is the only way we can avoid harm.

“Because the kids who do the most harm by not being in school may be the least, vulnerable, disadvantaged. You can’t help them if they’re not there.

“I will be relentless in advancing all these issues, to give world-class education to all children, as this is the only way we can avoid the rapid pace of loss.

“For all these reasons, we will continue to invest record amounts of money in our children’s education.”

Speaking at the NAHT School Leaders Union Conference London Mr Jahvi would say that mental health “should be better understood and supported where it is needed” to be “best done by every child”.

He would add: “I want us to be rigorous and put well-being at the center of everything we do in schools, along with a campaign for high performance. But, of course, we do this if kids aren’t in school.” can not do.”

This comes after the latest government data showed the number of children out of school due to Covid-19 related reasons. England There has been an increase of two thirds in a fortnight.

Mr. Jahvi will say: “I’m not going to give an ongoing commentary on the spending review, but I want to make one thing absolutely clear: I will not stop making the case for investing in children and youth.”

He would add: “Our job is to ensure that we have a skilled and agile workforce that can help us power up after the pandemic.

“So, that means there is no easing of our plans to ensure any children left behind during the pandemic, as we build recovery programs in advance.”

The education secretary would tell school leaders that he would “listen to” and work with them, and he would say that he would be “honest” with them.

Mr Jahvi would say: “It will not always be an easy journey for us, I know leadership can be a lonely place at times.

“Worrying about the children in your schools, you must have had sleepless nights.

“All I know about having sleepless nights, just worked as Minister of Vaccines.”

His remarks came after NAHT Secretary General Paul Whitman, who called on the Education Secretary not to erode the goodwill of school leaders by linking the profession to “nothing more than window dressing”.

Mr Whitman highlighted the “false and harmful narrative” used by some policymakers amid the pandemic, suggesting teachers were “lazy”.

The union chief called for making the government’s goals for education recovery more “ambitious” for children who miss out on schooling.

There is ambition in his address, but surprisingly, even after a tenure of only two weeks, we are yet to see the details.

In June, schools left Sir Kevan Collins with strong condemnation of the government’s new £1.4bn education recovery fund.

Addressing education reform at the conference on Friday, Mr Whitman said: “When you think about what young people really need from schools and colleges in the months and years to come – we need more, not less.

“Knowing how much school leaders have given during the crisis, and how difficult conditions were before the pandemic, what I have heard from policymakers so far is humbling.

“Recovery means we have an earlier return, which is not enough.”

Mr Whitman also highlighted concerns about school funding and the public sector pay freeze – which he described as a “slap in the face”.

Addressing the Education Secretary’s comments, Mr Whitman said: “There is ambition in his address, but surprisingly after only two weeks in office we are yet to see the details.

“Our petition for the new” Secretary of State To enter into genuine cooperation with us is to bring the ambition of his speech to a life free from dogmatic philosophical constraints.

“Now that he has had the opportunity to address school leaders directly at our conference, we hope it will be the springboard for the type of education system we know this country needs.”


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