Attendance – A Guide for Parents
Why is attendance important?
Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind.
Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable your child to extend their potential.
We expect all children to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so.
We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.
Poor attendance can seriously affect your child’s attainment in school, relationships with other children, ability to form lasting friendships and confidence.
What are the benefits and what are the consequences of missing a few days over the school year?
100% Zero days off. This is excellent! A child with 100% attendance takes advantage of all learning opportunities.
97% Less than a week. This is very good. This will help all aspects of their progress and life in school. A child with very good attendance should reach his/her full potential, leading to the best possible start to their education.
95% Six days missed. This is good attendance. A child has a good start to their schooling and can make the most of all opportunities to do their best, however they should strive to build on this.
92% 15 days or three school weeks missed. This is classed as poor attendance. Absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school.
Below 90% 20 days or four school weeks missed. This is classed as unacceptable attendance. A child will now be unable to keep up and achieve their best. We would strongly encourage parents to meet with the school to discuss ways we can work together to improve.
The average national attendance is approximately 95%
What can you do to help?
· talk to your child about how important it is to attend school
· ask regularly about how school is going
· if your child complains of boredom, contact their class teacher, form teacher or head of year to find out more
· find out if your child wants to avoid school for a reason that they’re frightened to tell you about - perhaps they’re being bullied
· encourage your child to get involved in school clubs e.g.Chess/Choir