The latest document about how we might look at absence data to help identify vulnerable groups who are missing school. The document refers to looking for evidence that disadvantaged girls are not attending school due to ‘period poverty’.
Period poverty is a term used to explain that some people cannot afford the cost of female sanitary products, and was first brought to light in an article in The Guardian in March 2017.

To read the Guardian article go to: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/17/girls-from-poorer-families-in-england-struggle-to-afford-sanitary-protection?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

To read the government paper see the pdf or go here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/690457/Absence_rates_by_gender_age_and_free_school_meal_status.pdf