True/False Not Given Exercise 2 – Is Your Child at School Today?(Answers)

  1. TRUE
  2. FALSE
  3. NOT GIVEN
  4. NOT GIVEN
  5. NOT GIVEN

Children must go to the school where they are registered.

Text in the passage: The law says that parents must ensure that their child regularly attends the school where he/she is registered.

The explanation for the answer:  This one is easy. In the question the words used are ‘must go’ and in the passage, the equivalent is ‘must ensure.’ Hence the answer is TRUE

Mistake students make: We did not find any student making mistake in this as this is very straightforward.

All arrivals after the register has closed are recorded as ‘unauthorised’ absences.

Text in the passage: If your child arrives after the register has closed without a good reason, this will be recorded as an ‘unauthorised’ absence for that session.

The explanation for the answer:  We have the word ‘All’ in the question. This should get your antenna up and read the passage carefully. The passage says if the ‘child arrives without a good reason this will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ absence. This means if the child arrives late with a good reason then the ‘unauthorised’ absence will be marked. Since all arrivals after the register has closed are not recorded as unauthorised absence. Hence the answer is FALSE.

Mistake students make: Students often make two mistakes here. One, they miss the ‘All’ in the question and assume students arriving late will be marked unauthorised absence. Second, they miss understanding the part in the passage, ‘without a good reason.’ Always be wary of questions that use the words like, ALL, SOME, FEW, A FEW, MOST, MAJORITY, EVERYONE, EVERYTHING. These words which refer to an undefined number can trip you if you are not watchful.

If your child is absent from school, you must send the school a letter to explain why.

Text in the passage: If your child has to miss school it is vital that you let the school know why, preferably on the first morning of absence.

The explanation for the answer:  The questions says ‘you must send the school a letter to explain why.’ The passage says it is ‘vital that you let the school know why’ but does it say anywhere how you should let the school know? It does not. The passage does not say you have to write a letter. It gives us no information on how the school should be communicated. Hence the answer is NOT GIVEN.

Mistake students make:

Staff who think a child is having difficulties at school will contact the parents.

Text in the passage: There is absolutely no related text in the passage for this question. 

The explanation for the answer:  Nowhere in the rest of the passage is the duties of the staff mentioned. So we don’t know what the staff will do if a child is having difficulties. Hence the answer is NOT GIVEN

Mistake students make: Sometimes students mistake the role and duties of the parent as that of the staff and answer the question as ‘TRUE’. 

Schools will contact other authorities about children who take frequent unauthorised absences.

Text in the passage: There is absolutely no related text in the passage for this question

The explanation for the answer:  Nowhere in the rest of the passage is it mentioned what the schools will do if a child takes frequent unauthorised absence. Hence the answer is NOT GIVEN

Mistake students make: Most students in our courses get this correct.

SECTION 1 Questions 1-14

Read the text below and answer the Questions 1-5.

School Attendance Information for Parents / Carers

Introduction

Receiving a good full-time education will give your child the best possible start in life. Attending school regularly and punctually is essential if children are to make the most of the opportunities available to them. The law says that parents must ensure that their child regularly attends the school where he/she is registered. (1)

What you can do to help

  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time. This encourages habits of good timekeeping and lessens any possible classroom disruption. If your child arrives after the register has closed without a good reason, this will be recorded as an ‘unauthorised’ absence for that session. (2)
  • If your child has to miss school it is vital that you let the school know why, preferably on the first morning of absence. (Your child’s school will have an attendance policy explaining how this should be done.)
  • If you know or think that your child is having difficulties in attending school you should contact the school. It is better to do this sooner rather than later, as most problems can be dealt with very quickly.

Authorised and Unauthorised Absence

If your child is absent and the school either does not receive an explanation from you, or considers the explanation unsatisfactory, it will record your child’s absence as ‘unauthorised’, that is, as truancy.

Most absences for acceptable reasons will be authorised by your child’s school:

  • Sickness
  • Unavoidable medical or dental appointments (if possible, arrange these for after school or during school holidays)
  • An interview with a prospective employer or college
  • Exceptional family circumstances, such as bereavement
  • Days of religious observance.

Your child’s school will not authorise absence for the following reasons:

  • Shopping during school hours
  • Day trips
  • Holidays which have not been agreed
  • Birthdays
  • Looking after brothers or sisters or ill relatives.

Questions 1-5

Do the following statements agree with the information given in the text on pages 1 and 2?

In boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet, write

TRUE if the statement agrees with the information

FALSE if the statement contradicts the information

NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this

Children must go to the school where they are registered.

All arrivals after the register has closed are recorded as ‘unauthorised’ absences.

If your child is absent from school, you must send the school a letter to explain why.

Staff who think a child is having difficulties at school will contact the parents.

Schools will contact other authorities about children who take frequent unauthorised absences.