Is 100% school attendance a good thing?

Should schools offer rewards for 100% school attendance?

The newspapers this week are full of reports about schools offering ridiculous prizes (incentives) for 100% school attendance.

Quite apart from the cost to cash strapped schools, I think this is a terrible idea. I believe it is totally driven by Ofsted, box ticking and image obsession, rather than any genuine care for a pupil’s education (or pastoral best interests).