I am delighted to update you on the attendance awards presented to children in this term.
In total 154 Attendance awards were given today in our end of term assembly.
A total of 98 ‘good attendance’ (95%+) awards were presented today
A total of 56 ‘excellent attendance’ (100%)
All 154 pupils received a certificate, with those attending 100% of the time a small gift.
I wish to thank the increasing number of parents and adults who work exceptionally hard (sometimes in very difficult circumstance) to get their children to school regularly.
The clock resets for the children as of January (new)
Whilst annual figures (September to August) are the basis from which attendance is assessed legally and reported to the Department for Education, we recognise that it is important that children are given regular opportunities to have improvements recognised.
For this reason, the Spring Term attendance awards will be assessed from January 9th until March 31st. Children’s attendance will be reset to allow opportunity to reflect improved attendance term on term, not annualy as was once the case.
Reduced persistent absence (-90%) reporting and warnings
I am also pleased to announce that since the start of term, the number of parents summoned to attendance meetings or informed of Educational Welfare Officer referrals has dropped.
Previous warnings/referrals - 119
End of Autumn Term warnings or referrals - 69
Whilst this remains too high and too many children continue to suffer as a result of missing 10% or more of their time at school, the improvement is important. This must continue if staff at the school are to support children in reaching their potential.
Why good attendance matters
We know, FACT, that there is a direct link between poor attendance at Ashgate Primary School and under performance. Year on year, term by term, group by group, poor attendance is a key factor to achieving well.
Regular school attendance is an important part of giving children the best possible start in life. The aim should be to attend 100% of the time, but it is recognised that some absences are likely as a result of, for example, seasonal illness. This is why the government set the standard ‘good attendance’ figure as 95%.
Pupils who miss school frequently fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Good attendance also instils in a child the importance of commitment and routine in order to succeed in life.
Research repeatedly suggests that students who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime in later life.
It is also important to arrive at school on time. If a child arrives late to school every day, their learning begins to suffer.