Good attendance and punctuality:
- support children’s learning,
- encourage positive friendships,
- set up good habits for life
- give children the very best chance to succeed.
We love being at school and we want to come every day to learn and play! We enjoy our lessons, our lunchtime and our playtime.
The reason that we want attendance to be good is because all the research shows that missing even a few days of school makes a big difference to how well children learn and how much they enjoy school. When teachers plan lessons they follow a sequence. This means that one day’s lesson builds on the next. It is really hard if your child misses one lesson in this sequence. Children returning from a day’s absence are at a disadvantage because they won’t understand what the next lesson is about. This is particularly true in Maths and English. We notice as well that children’s friendships are affected when they miss school. Sometimes they feel left out because their friends are talking about things that they missed out on.
Facts and figures
- There are 190 days in a school year.
- 100% attendance = 190 days in school = the best possible chance of success
- 95% attendance = 180 days in school = average attendance of a child in an English Primary
- Below 95% = more than 10 days off in a school year = lower than average attendance and therefore a worse chance of doing well in school.
So what happens if your child is ill?
We know that children get ill and that some absences cannot be avoided, but the average number of days of absence for a child in a primary school is no more than 10 in total for the year. If your child is ill, you have a responsibility to inform the school of their illness by 8:30am each day for every day of illness. For those parents who do not contact the school, a telephone call is made from the school office to find out the children’s whereabouts. If we can’t get hold of you we will come out for a visit to check that everything’s ok. We are able to deal with minor sniffles and colds. If a child has vomiting and / or diarrhoea then this can be very catching so it is important that you keep your child off school until they are better. If you are in any doubt about whether your child should be in school please phone the inclusion team for advice. We have the most up to date NHS guidance on a really wide range of childhood illnesses, so we will be able to share this with you. However, if you are unsure about what is wrong with your child you should always consult a doctor.