Nadhim Zahawi vows to tackle persistent pupil absences ‘head on’

The education secretary has vowed to tackle persistent pupil absences “head on”, describing it as a “key priority”.

In a speech to head teachers on Saturday, Nadhim Zahawi said disadvantaged children lose out most from not being in school.

Ahead of the spending review later this month, he pledged to invest “record sums” in children’s education.

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