“You successfully help parents to be aware of how important school is and you constantly give encouraging messages. You have effectively involved the pupils themselves through awarding attendance certificates and class prizes.” (Ofsted July 2019)
How to help your child attend school regularly
- Always talk to your child about school
- Take a positive interest in your child’s work including homework
- Keep appointments like hairdressers, check ups etc to after school or the weekends.
- Have a set routine so getting up for school becomes easier, part of the everyday norm.
- Talk to us as soon as any issues arise. If anything causes concern, worry or upset to you or your child, tell us!
- Take holidays during the school breaks—did you know there are 175 non school days in a year? Plenty to take a break in.
- Always contact the school on your child’s first day of absence
If you need help getting your child to school regularly, please contact the Academy on 01302 868378. Our Parent Support Advisor, Inclusion Manager and Attendance Welfare Officer are all here
Did you know?
96% attendance is 8 days absence per year from school and the equivalent to 11 weeks missed over 7 primary years.
95% attendance is 10 days absence per year and works out to 70 days or 14 weeks missed primary education.
90% Attendance is 19 days absence per year, that’s 3/4 of a school year over primary education.
What will happen if your child does not attend school regularly
- The Academy will contact you if they are concerned about your child’s attendance.
- A referral could be made to the Attendance & Pupil Welfare Service.
- In extreme cases parents could be prosecuted by the Magistrates Court and receive a Parenting Order, a Community Punishment or a fine up to £2500!
Punctuality – Arriving at school on Time
REMEMBER – IT’S ALWAYS BETTER TO BE LATE THAN NOT ARRIVE AT ALL!
The law states that a school has to take a register of all pupils first thing in the morning and again in the afternoon. The Government advice states that schools can keep the register open for up to 30 minutes.
If a pupil arrives after 8.50 but whilst the register is open they are marked as late. If a pupil arrives after register has closed, without satisfactory reason, this will be classed as unauthorised absence.
How does being late effect your child?
- Can be embarrassing
- May damage confidence
- May lead to child being confused as they may have missed vital instructions and information to start the day.
- May mean they don’t get to read to the teacher as often
- Disrupts the learning for everyone
- Can lead to poor attendance
Some things that may help…
- Establish a good bedtime routine
- Make sure they go to bed to sleep and not be distracted by TV’s or computer games.
- Set an alarm clock
- Allow plenty of time to get to school
- Make arrangements with family or friends to help or share the responsibility especially if you have more than one school to go to.
- Talk to the Academy if you have problems getting your child to school on time.
Did you know?
- Arriving 5 minutes late everyday – believe it or not – adds up to 3 days of school lost each year!
- Arriving 15 minutes late everyday is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year!
- Arriving 30 minutes late everyday means the same as being absent for 19 days of the school year.