- Created: Friday, 24 March 2017 09:00
- Written by Super User
Good attendance is vital for children to achieve well and be happy at school.
If your child has better that 96% attendance at school they are doing well. Children with 80% attendance will miss an average of one day a week and two years of school by the time they are in Year 11. Similarly attendance of 90% may sound good but it is still half a day a week and a year of missed education by the time they are 16.
Poor attendance can result in children falling behind their peers and developing confidence and friendship issues. Imagine missing a week of training at work and being asked to slot back in and keep up with everyone else. We are aware that some absences are unavoidable and caused by illness, but a significant proportion are due to holiday and appointments taken during term time.
Please think about what you can do to prevent your child from missing school:
- Make sure children understand the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
- Share any worries they may have about school with their teachers so that these can be sorted out.
- Do not encourage time-off for minor ailments - particularly those that would not prevent parents from going to work.
- Arrange appointments for after school or in holidays.
- Don’t book term-time holidays - we know they cost less, but there is also a cost to children’s education.