Comparison between Year 8 illness absence data and national rates of illness absence

The data collected for year 8’s seems to be following the national average, with most weeks below other schools. There is however intervals where the number of illness absences of year 8’s at our school seem to exceed the national average. Being in year 8; the pupils are more motivated to attend school. With our school being a high achieving school, they would not want to miss school and attend every day. With this attitude, the pupils would attend school even with flu, and would therefore pass on flu to the other pupils and lead to a domino effect as everyone would attend school until it is severely unbearable. According to the records of doctor visits, the highest rate of flu would be over the Christmas holidays; however we cannot collect data during holidays and would not be able to see the trend with the national forecast.

Being in the younger years, the year 8’s are prone to more physical contact with each other; this could explain why the trend in the younger years and year 8 seem to be higher than the upper years.

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One Response to Comparison between Year 8 illness absence data and national rates of illness absence

  1. Dr Rob says:

    The year 8 data certainly does look like it’s following the national average, and I would also expect that the levels of contact between pupils to be higher among the younger year groups. Some colleagues of mine did a really interesting study in a primary school where they looked at how much contact there was between different year groups and like Decipher my Data, the students were involved in the research. You might find there results interesting, it’s online here – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3081745/

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