Why Attendance at School is so Important
Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.
Below are just some of the key reason why it is so important for your child to attend school:
- To learn
- To have fun
- To make new friends
- To experience new things in life
- To develop awareness of other cultures, religion, ethnicity and gender differences
- To achieve
- To gain qualifications to develop new skills
- To develop new skills
- To build confidence and self-esteem
- To have the best possible start in life
Young people who regularly miss school without good reason are more likely to become isolated from their friends, to underachieve in examinations and/or become involved in anti-social behaviour.
How Parents Can Help
- Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
- Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
- Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
- Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
- Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness.
- Take truancy seriously – if your child is not attending school as you expect they may be putting themselves at risk – Who are they with? What are they doing?
- Take family holidays outside of term time.*
- Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work (including homework).
- Attend parent evenings and school events.
- Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
- Always support school staff in their efforts to control difficult or challenging behaviour.
- Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.
Do not be afraid to ask for help if a problem arises.
Every School Day Counts!
Every single day a child is absent from school equates to a day of lost learning.
Attendance percentages can be misleading.
For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.
100% Attendance 0 days missed Excellent 95% Attendance 9 days of absence
1 week and 4 days of learning missed
Satisfactory 90% Attendance 19 days of absence
3 weeks and 4 days of learning missed
Poor 85% Attendance 28 days of absence
5 weeks and 3 days of learning missed
Very poor 80% Attendance 38 days of absence
7 weeks and 3 days of learning missed
Unacceptable 75% Attendance 46 days of absence
9 weeks and 1 day of learning missed
Give your child the best start in life – every school day counts.
You can download our Attendance & Punctuality policy here.
To read our parent leaflet click here.
*If there is an exceptional circumstance that requires you taking your child out of school in term time please fill in a request form.
Where possible you should give at least fourteen days notice of intended absence.
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