Attendance matters for your child’s life chances.
The National expectation is that children should attend school for at least 97% of the time: they could have 8 days of absence across the year and still manage this. School attendance is currently below this. If you look at your child’s last Assertive Mentoring report you will see what their attendance is so far this year. The chart on the other side of this shows the impact of absence on your child’s learning and is coloured in the same way as the Assertive Mentoring report.
When your child misses school, they miss new learning. When they return to school, they will have to try to catch up on the learning they have lost, whilst also learning the new things for that day or week. If they do not catch up with everyone else in class, they can feel upset, less confidant, less competent, less happy in school.
Not only is school a place for new learning, it is a place to learn to share, take turns, get on with others, make close friends. Missing school can mean your child feels left out and unhappy: it can lead to poor behaviour and school avoidance as they do not feel part of the community. Even the youngest children need good attendance to make sure they do not miss out on developing friendships and social skills.
The more time your child misses from school, the less likely they are to achieve GCSEs or A Levels and so the poorer their chances of being in education, employment or training when they finally leave school. Three quarters of children who have over 97% attendance achieve 5 or more GCSEs at grades A* to C. Lower attendance results in lower and fewer qualifications.
If you are struggling to get your child to come to school, please come and talk to us to see what we can do to help as poor attendance now will only get worse as your child gets older.
We, like you, want them to achieve their best.
Our Attendance Policy
We want every child at Beckfoot Heaton to have a successful life. We work together for a better future for our children.Attendance at school is very important. Research shows that young children who miss significant amounts of their primary education are much more likely to play truant later on and fail to get 5 or more GCSEs. It is easier to start a child’s educational life with good attendance, than to try to improve it later.
Attendance Checklist for Staff
This checklist exemplifies a set of approaches that will lead to good attendance if they are followed.