Attendance

 

Why is it important for children not to miss school?

All parents want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that they have the best opportunities in their adult life. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school or alternative provision regularly.

If children do not attend school regularly they may:

Struggle to keep up with school work. In a busy school day it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up.

Miss out on the social side of school life. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up.

Setting good attendance patterns from an early age, from nursery through primary school will also help your child later on in their life. Children who have a poor school attendance record may have less chance of securing a job when they are adults.

Being on time is also vital. Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for your child, their teacher and the other children in the class. Some parents may be finding it difficult to ensure that their child attends school regularly. If this is the case please speak to Mrs Richmond as soon as possible so that the situation can be addressed.

What might the impact of poor attendance be on your child?

In primary schools less than 65% of children achieve good results in English and Maths with an average of 15 days absence a year compared to almost 90% where the average is less than 8 days. Parents can be very surprised at how quickly their children can accumulate 15 days absence within a year.

Research has also shown that children who are not in school can become vulnerable. For example, children who play truant are more likely to be drawn into crime than those who do not.

What does the law say?

By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) must receive a suitable, full time education. As a parent, you are responsible for making sure this happens, either by registering your child at a school or by making other arrangements which provide a suitable full time education.

Once your child is registered at a school you are responsible for making sure he or she attends regularly. If your child fails to attend regularly – even if they miss school without you knowing – the Local Authority (LA) may take legal action against you.

The LA is responsible for making sure that parents fulfil their responsibilities. Parents are responsible for making sure that their registered children regularly attend school or any alternative provision arranged them.

If you think you might need to take your child out of school, discuss the reasons with the school as soon as possible.

Reasons such as family bereavement or taking part in an agreed religious observance would be acceptable for short absences. Unacceptable reasons for missing school include family holidays, birthdays and shopping.

What happens if your child does not attend school regularly?

Your child’s school is responsible by law for reporting poor attendance to the LA. As a parent, you are committing an offence if you fail to make sure that your child attends school regularly, even if they are missing school without your knowledge.

You run the risk of being issued with a penalty notice of being taken to court.

The LA may decide to prosecute a parent. If this happens:

Parents can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for failing to ensure that their child attends school regularly;

Magistrates can also impose a Parenting Order, which means that the parent has to attend a counselling and guidance programme, usually a parenting class.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE: IS YOUR CHILD MISSING OUT? 

 

In a week means missing........

Over a year means missing……..

Over the seven years of primary school means missing……..

 

 

100% Attendance

 

 

No days

 

No weeks

 

No learning at all

 

90% Attendance

 

 

Half a day

 

Almost four weeks

 

Over four terms

 

80% Attendance

 

 

One day

 

Over seven weeks

 

One school year and two terms

 

70% Attendance

 

 

One  and a half days

 

Eleven weeks

 

More than two years

 

60% Attendance

 

 

Two days

 

Over fifteen weeks

 

Two years and four terms

 

50% Attendance

 

 

Two and a half days

 

Almost twenty weeks

 

Three and a half years

 

         The Importance of Arriving To School On Time

If your child is 5 minutes late a day, they lose:

 

25 minutes a week

 

1 hour, 40 minutes a month

 

2 hours, 30 minutes a half term

 

5 hours a term

This equates

to 1 full day

 

16 hours, 15 minutes a school year

This equates to over 3 full days

 

If your child is 10 minutes late a day, they lose:

 

50 minutes a week

 

3 hours, 20 minutes a month

 

5 hours a half term

This equates to 1 full day

 

10 hours a term

This equates

to 2 full days

 

32 hours, 30 minutes a school year

This equates to over 6 full days

 

If your child is 15 minutes late a day, they lose:

 

1 hour, 15 minutes a week

 

5 hours a month

 

7 hours, 30 minutes a half term

This equates to over 1 full day

 

15 hours a term

This equates

to 3 full days

 

48 hours, 45 minutes a school year

This equates to over 9 full days

 

If your child is 20 minutes late a day, they lose:

 

1 hour, 40 minutes a week

 

6 hours a month, 40 minutes a month

 

10 hours a half term

This equates to over 1 full day

 

20 hours a term

This equates

to 4 full days

 

48 hours, 45 minutes a school year

This equates to 13 full days

 

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