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The Education Act 1996 requires parents and guardians to ensure that their children receive efficient full-time education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise until the end of year 11.

RATIONALE

A positive attitude towards school attendance will increase opportunities for learning.

Regular school attendance is good practise for positive attitudes needed for the responsible citizens entering the world of work.

PURPOSES

  • To promote the importance of regular attendance at school.
  • To improve attendance figures.
  • To improve systems of reporting absence.

PROCEDURES

Promote the importance of parents making a phone call on the first day of absence, particularly if the absence is likely to be three or more days. Require an absence note (signed & dated) from parent/guardian/carer on return to school.

Contact the family if no reason for absence is provided on the first day.
Consider if reasons given can be accepted in order to authorise absence.
Promote good attendance through a reward system.
Use Attendance Support Assistant to build up home/school links.

Contact Educational Welfare Service for assistance with pupils having continual or regular unauthorised absences.

Review and update procedures on an annual basis.

CONCLUSION

Attendance figures will improve in an environment where attendance and the reporting of absence are seen as important.

Pupils should respond to reward systems and high quality teaching.
Attitudes and views of parents and pupils are vital components to the process.

The aim of this attendance policy is to encourage pupils to attend school regularly; subsequently they will be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available.

STATUTORY DUTY OF SCHOOLS

The Education Act 1996 requires parents or guardians to ensure their children receive efficient, full-time education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

Schools are responsible for recording pupil attendance twice a day; once at the start of the morning session and once during the afternoon session. An entry must be made in the attendance register for all pupils of compulsory school age who are on the schoolís admission roll.

STAFF

Ashley High School will ensure:

  • pupils are registered accurately and efficiently
  • attendance targets are set for individual pupils and year groups where relevant/appropriate
  • parents or guardians are contacted when reasons for absence are unknown or unauthorised
  • school attendance statistics are reported

Students are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. There are two types of absence:

  • authorised (where the school approves pupil absence)
  • unauthorised (where the Headteacher will not approve absence)

STRATEGIES

  • the school will contact parents on the first day of absence. This will be carried out by the office staff. Where parents/guardians cannot be contacted, a letter will be sent requesting reason for absence.
  • the school will set individual targets for attendance via pupils Individual Education plan if appropriate.
  • the school will set whole school or cohort targets as appropriate.
  • students with 100% attendance in a term are rewarded by a certificate in a Celebration assembly.
  • students with 100% attendance for a full academic year are rewarded with a certificate and a book voucher presented at Prize Giving Day in the summer term.
  • each pupil has a unique number and for every full week of attendance they will receive a numbered token. A draw takes place at the end of each term with the winner being able to purchase something to the value of £100.

PUPILS

Pupils will be encouraged to:

  • attend school regularly and promptly
  • inform staff if there is a problem that may lead to absences.

STRATEGIES

  • where an individual pupil attendance is an issue it will be monitored with the pupil by the Form Teacher.
  • pupils with poor attendance will be referred to the Attendance Support Assistant.

PARENTS

Parents are very important partners in securing the attendance and punctuality of pupils.

Parents or Guardians will:

  • encourage good attendance
  • inform the school on the first day of non-attendance
  • discuss planned absences with the Headteacher in advance as soon as possible.(e.g. family holidays, special occasions)

STRATEGIES

  • parents should call the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence stating a reason.
  • parents will be reminded of the Attendance Policy twice yearly via the Annual Report to parents and mid year reminder.

A note should be sent on the day the child returns to school explaining the absence. The school will then decide whether to authorise the absence. If authorisation were to be refused, for instance if a child were kept off school for a birthday, then the parents would be informed. A note is essential for authorisation of absence.

COMPLETING THE REGISTER

The marking of registers can sometimes become so routine that itís importance is lost. However, incomplete or inaccurate registers are unacceptable for several reasons. Registers provide the daily record of the attendance of all pupils; they are documents that may be required in a court of law, for example as evidence in prosecutions for non-attendance at school. They also may contribute to pupilís end of term reports and to records of achievement. Registers are created and monitored electronically.

FAMILY HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME

Parents are strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday during term time. Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for such a holiday, but the school may choose to grant leave of absence of up to 10 days in any school year. In exceptional circumstances it may be necessary for longer planned absence. All such cases should be discussed with the Headteacher.

In considering whether or not to authorise leave for a family holiday, the school will consider each case individually, taking into account a childís overall attendance and the reason for the holiday. Holidays should not be taken at the beginning of an academic year or during examinations. Parents would need to check when these take place. All requests should be submitted to the school office at least two weeks before the first day of intended absence.

A pupilís absence during term time can seriously disrupt their continuity of learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away; they are also less prepared for the lessons building on that after their return. There is a consequent risk of underachievement, which we, and parents should seek to avoid.

LATENESS

School begins at 9.00 a.m. and all pupils are expected to be in school for registration at this time. Any child arriving later than 9.00 a.m. should enter school via the main entrance reporting to the School Office. If accompanied, a parent or carer should give a reason for the lateness. The child will then be sent to their classroom as soon as possible to join their lesson.

Pupils who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others. Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern further action may be taken.

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP?

  • let the school know as soon as possible whey the child is away
  • send a note when the child returns to school
  • try to make appointments outside school time
  • do not allow your child to have time off school unless it is really necessary

IF PARENTS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR CHILDS ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • talk to the child; it may be something simple
  • talk to the Headteacher and staff at the school

If it continues:

  • the school may refer the problem to the Education Welfare Service
  • you may also contact the Education Welfare Officer, who will work with you and the school to resolve the situation. (telephone number available from the school)

MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REVIEW

The school will review this policy annually and access its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.