As a result of a change in legislation, we have made some changes to our Attendance Policy, which is inline with the latest guidance from the Department for Education (DfE).
The amendments remove references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should then determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Our locality worker, Suzanne Beadle, has been working with local schools and under the current Government’s directive is attempting to push up attendance. She visits the school to review attendance regularly and looks at any child whose attendance has dipped below 90%.
Attendance is one of the aspects that Ofsted takes into account when evaluating the behaviour and safety of pupils, and the quality of leadership and management. This makes up two of the four ‘key judgements’ made during school inspections.
Some interesting facts…….
90% attendance means a child is missing the equivalent of ½ a day of school per week. Over one year this equates to a child missing 4 weeks of school. During the course of their education, half a year of schooling would be lost.
The full policy can be found in the policy section of this website. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.