Why is attendance important?
As you can see from the image, attendance is crucial for your child’s learning. We expect attendance to be at 95%+ and we do not expect children to be late at all. Good attendance at school is not just valuable, it’s essential. Going to school is directly linked to improved learning outcomes which should in turn lead to further opportunities and better job prospects. As well as this, going to school helps to develop, friendships, social skills, team values, good mental health, life skills, cultural awareness and career pathways.
What are your legal responsibilities as a parent?
By law, all children of school age (aged four to sixteen) must receive a suitable full-time education. For most parents, this means registering your child at a school or you may choose to make other arrangements to provide a suitable, full-time education. Once your child is registered at a school, you are legally responsible for making sure they go regularly.
How do you ensure your child is successful in school, all day, every day?
Having a routine from an early age and sticking it to it
Making sure your child understands the importance of good attendance and punctuality
Making sure they understand the possible implications for themselves and you as a parent if they don’t go to school
Taking an interest in their education – ask about school work and encourage them to get involved in school activities
Discussing any problems they may have at school and letting their teacher or principal know about anything that is causing concern
Not letting them take time off school for minor ailments or holidays during term time