Every Day Counts
Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child or young person to fulfil their potential.
Below are just some of the key reasons why it is so important children attend school:
- To learn.
- To have fun.
- To make new friends.
- To experience new things in life.
- To develop awareness of other cultures, religion, ethnicity and gender differences.
- To achieve.
- To gain qualifications.
- To develop new skills.
- To build confidence and self-esteem.
- To have the best possible start in life.
Young people who regularly miss school without good reason are more likely to become isolated from their friends, to underachieve in examinations and/or become involved in anti-social behaviour.
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP
- Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
- Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
- Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
- Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
- Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness.
- Take family holidays outside term time.
- Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work
- Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
- Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.
HOW SCHOOL MONITOR AND SUPPORT GOOD ATTENDANCE
A ‘Traffic Light System’ is used to identify Learners/Students whose attendance falls below target.
|Category||% Attendance||Possible Actions|
98% - 100%
- Learner recognised & celebrated in Assembly
- Praise-call / text home
- Attendance Certificate
- Weekly Form Attendance Trophy
- Monthly Form Attendance Trophy
95% - 98%
- Regular contact home via phone, text, email
- Monitoring of absence levels for 2 weeks
- As below, if no improvement
- Formal letter home
- Referral to Learning Support
- Referral to Start Well
- Meeting / home visit arranged
- Intervention strategies planned to improve
Legal Proceedings for Non-Attendance (Wigan local authority guidance)
How it works
- Wigan LA will write to a parent/carer warning that they may be fined if their child’s attendance does not improve in 15 days
- If there is no improvement a parent/carer will receive a £60 Penalty Notice Fine
- If this is not paid within 21 days, the fine increases to £120
- If this is not paid within 28 days Wigan LA can take a parent/carer to court under the Education Act.
There is no right of appeal against a notice, but a parent/carer can contact Wigan LA if they think the notice has been sent to the wrong person, or if they can prove the absence was due to illness.