What can we all do to help?
Why is high attendance important to my child's education?
As a parent/carer you want the best for your children. Having a good education is an important factor in opening up more opportunities in adult life.
- A child who is absent a day of school per week misses an equivalent of two years of their school life
- 90% of young people with absence rates below 85% fail to achieve five or more good grades of GCSE and around one third achieve no GCSEs at all
- Poor examination results limit young people’s options and poor attendance suggests to colleges and employers that these students are unreliable
- 7.5 million school days are missed each year through unauthorised absence
GCSEs may seem a long way off for you and your child but all absence at any stage leads to gaps in your child’s learning. This in turn can:
- Mean that they fall behind in work
- Affect their motivation
- Affect their enjoyment of learning
- Lead to poor behaviour
- Affect their desire to attend school regularly
- Affect their confidence in school
- Mean they miss out on the social life of school and extracurricular opportunities and experiences
- Affect their ability to have or keep friendships
What the school will do to help?
- Provide the student with the best pastoral care the school can offer
- Meet with the student to evaluate their attendance
- Contact home to provide updates when needed and keep parents/carers informed on attendance issues
- Attend and organise attendance meetings
- Be readily available to listen and act on any queries the parent/carer may have
- Provide any additional support
What can parents do to help?
- Make sure your child goes to school, regularly, arrives on time and adheres to the school’s rules on going to all lessons. It is a good idea to start these positive habits at an early age, whilst your child is in primary school
- If your child starts missing school, we recommend that you work with the school to resolve any issues that may be preventing your child from maintaining regular attendance
- If your child is ill, contact the school on the first day of the illness, stating the reason for the absence
- If your child is ever off school you must tell school why. Do this by following the arrangements put in place by the school
- Take an interest in your child’s school work
Where can I get information, advice and assistance from regarding my child’s school attendance?