Why attendance is important

Why is it important for children to attend school?

All parents want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that they have the best opportunities in their adult life. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school regularly.

If children do not attend school regularly they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work. In a busy school day it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up.
  • Miss out on the social side of school life. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up. 
 
It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure your child attends school regularly.  School have a legal obligation to refer children with poor attendance to the Local Authority Educational Welfare Officer who can take action against parents who are not supporting their child(ren) attending school.
 
If your child is reluctant to come to school, please have a positive conversation with them about why it is important.  
 
The Pupil Behaviour Policy, written by children in the School Council can help you have a child-friendly conversation about attendance.  Key points from this policy are below:
 
Why do we need to come to school?:
  • To learn new things
  • It’s the law
  • To make friends
  • To be a part of and enjoy educational visits as they help us to learn about the wide world outside of school
  • To take part in afterschool clubs - taking part in clubs and teams is fun and helps us to play and work together and improve what we do
  • Being at school every day improves your chances of getting a job or going to college and university when you get older
  • To learn valuable life skills
  • It stops you from being bored
  • Being active and busy helps you to sleep well which is good for your brain and mental wellbeing.  
What happens if you don’t come to school? 
  • You don’t learn as well and you will get behind with your learning 
  • Your parents could get in trouble for not sending you to school 
  • You might get bored at home and lose interest in some of the things that make you happy
  • You won’t get to see your friends 
  • You will be missing out on opportunities to try and enjoy new things that you didn’t know you would like or things that will develop your confidence
  • You don’t get to make as many friends 
  • You miss out on special days, celebrations, educational visits, school clubs and team events.
What happens if we meet our attendance target? 
  • All children who have 100% attendance are given a certificate at the end of each term.
  • In the summer term there is a prize draw for a high value item e.g. bike : children will be given 1 entry for 98% attendance, 2 entries for 99% attendance and 3 entries for 100% attendance.  There are 2 prizes, 1 each for KS1 and KS2.
 
If you need further support or guidance with attendance, please contact Mrs Blain the Attendance Officer.