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Attendance

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 adulthood. If children do not attend school regularly they may struggle to keep up with school work, find it difficult to catch up and miss out on the social side of school life.  All of these elements can impact a child's feeling of self worth. 

There are some circumstances where disruption to regular attendance is unavoidable. In these situations effective communication with the school can help to minimise the impact of non-attendance and reduce anxiety. 

 

Attendance - Parents & Schools responsibilities

 The importance of good attendance

If attendance is below 95% then, on average progress is 0.389
If attendance is above 95% then, on average progress is + 1.274
A difference of 0.86, nearly one whole grade

ATTENDANCE FOR
ONE YEAR

NUMBER OF
LESSONS MISSED

NUMBER OF DAYS OF LEARNING MISSED

100%

0
 lessons missed

0
days missed

95%

45
lessons missed

1 week &
4 days missed

90%

95
lessons missed

3 weeks &
4 days missed

85%

140
lessons missed

5 weeks &
3 days missed

80%

190
lessons missed

7 weeks &
3 days missed

75%

230
lessons missed

9 weeks &
1 day missed

Each day off school is a day of learning lost

Research suggests that 17 missed days a year results in
a drop of 1 GCSE grade in achievement