Did You Know?
One full school year at 90% attendance is the equivalent of 4 weeks of learning missed!
Over 5 years of school, this adds up to half a school year missed.
This is known as persistent absence.
Top Tips To Support Attendance
If you think or know that your child is having any difficulties, give the school a call to talk about how they can help you and your child.
Research has shown that children with good attendance are more than twice as likely to pass their English and Maths GCSEs compared to those whose attendance is below 90%. However if your child’s attendance starts to slip the negative affect might increase because;
Parents have a legal responsibility to make sure their children are in education from the term after they are five until the end of the June in the year they turn 16.
All children should be either registered at a school or registered as being home schooled.
If your child is registered at a school:
If you are home schooling
When Can My Child Be Absent?
Your child may be absent from school if;
Speak to your child's school if you are unsure about when they can return after they have been unwell.
Schools must update the Local Authority about children who are often absent from school. They must do this whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised by the headteacher. Schools have a responsibility to investigate unexplained absences to make sure children are safe.
School will work with you to help your child attend school. If it is felt you are not helping your child attend as much as possible, schools can begin a process to prosecute parents.
Your child’s school will be sensitive to their needs and are there to help all pupils. If you are worried give the school a call to talk about how they can help your child.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
Qwell provides free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults in Norfolk and Waveney from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
For 11–25 year olds Kooth is a free, confidential and safe way to receive online counselling, advice and emotional well-being support.
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