It is essential that all our children get to school on time every day or else they really do miss out on valuable learning. Late arrivals miss out on the very start of the school day, when important information is shared with the children and this can make it very difficult for a child to get fully involved in his or her learning. A child, who is persistently late by only 5 minutes a day, will miss over 15 hours of learning during the course of a school year! Lateness has a significant impact on a pupil’s achievement.
We expect all our children to have attendance of 97% and above to fulfil their potential. They can only attend school for 190 days a year, which means that for the other 175 days they are with you! This is why holidays in term time are discouraged. Persistent absence from school will be investigated by the Education Investigation Service, who can impose fines on parents through the Penalty Notice scheme.
From 1 September 2017 there are new rules for unauthorised absence in term time. In Dudley, the Education Investigation Service will instigate statutory intervention on behalf of the Local Authority, when notified that a pupil has a relevant level of unauthorised absence. This can result in a Penalty Notice being issued to a child’s parents or carers. A Penalty Notice might be issued, when unauthorised absence results in a child having less than 90% attendance or when a child has 10 sessions or more of unauthorised absence. A session is a morning or an afternoon, so 10 sessions is the equivalent of a week off school. A Penalty Notice is £60, if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120, if paid after 21 days but within 28 days of receipt.
90% attendance actually means your child has missed half a day each week. 90% attendance at the end of the school year is the same as missing 4 whole weeks of learning. These are our expected attendance levels:
- 97% and above: Excellent attendance
- 95% – 96%: Good attendance
- 91% – 94%: Beware
- 90% or less: Serious concerns and your child has less chance of success