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Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.

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How we can all 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
  • 10 attendance tips for you and your child >

Where can I get information, advice and assistance from regarding my child’s school attendance?

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