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Attendance Policy 2016

School Attendance fact sheet for parents 2

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We all know that there is a strong link between a child’s progress, their attendance and punctuality. Our Attendance Manager is Mrs Jane Froom.   If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s attendance, Mrs Froom will be happy to help and support.

Our target is 96.5%. In 2014/15 we achieved 96.4%, which placed us in the top 50% of schools in Wales and joint first in Swansea!  However, we are striving to improve to perform in the top 25% of similar schools across Wales to ensure our pupils have every opportunity of success.

To support our drive to increase pupil attendance, a decision has been taken by ERW (Education through regional working), our regional education consortium, that no absences due to holidays during term times will be authorised by Headteachers.

This means absences due to pupils being taken on holiday during term time will be recorded as unauthorised.

We hope that you can support this policy change and arrange your holidays around the existing 175 days the schools are closed through weekends and school holidays, and help us to support your child to “be the best they can be!”

The Welsh Government (WG) Education (Penalty Notice)(Wales) Regulations 2013 states that Local Authorities (LA’s) are required by law to adhere to the Education Act 1996 section 444 to include penalty notices as one of the interventions to promote better school attendance.

Sections 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996 provide that certain cases of unauthorised absences can be dealt with by way of a penalty notice. A penalty notice is a fine of up to £120 and may be issued to a parent / carer as a result of a child’s regular non-attendance at school / educational provision.

The school adheres to the code of conduct for penalty notices as issued by ERW and agreed by your Local Authority, and therefore may request the local authority to issue a penalty notice in certain cases.

Thank you to all the parents who understand the impact that attendance has on their child’s performance. Here are some of the initiatives that the school uses to promote and reward good attendance.

Weekly Awards Assembly

Weekly Class Attendance  – Winners announced and displayed on weekly news letter

Termly Class ‘Attendance Race’ leaders announced and displayed on weekly newsletter

All pupils will have their individual % Attendance Certificate to take home that day.

The class with the highest weekly attendance will look after “Attendance Bear”

End of Term Assembly

All Pupils with 100% Attendance for that Term receive a certificate, pencil & sticker and will go into the draw for a £5 Voucher.

All pupils in class that wins ‘Termly Attendance Race’ will receive a ‘Fabulous Attendance’ wristband.

Year 6 Leavers Assembly (Summer Term)

All Pupils with 100% Attendance for that Term receive a certificate,  pencil & sticker will go into the draw for a £5 Voucher.

All pupils with 100% Attendance for the whole year will receive a certificate & £5.00 Amazon Voucher

Each class teacher to nominate a “Good Attender” who has shown an improvement or a commitment to being at school.

All pupils in class that wins ‘Termly Attendance Race’ will receive a ‘Fabulous Attendance’ wristband.

All pupils will have their individual % Attendance Certificate to take home that day.

Pupils with % below school target of 95.4% will receive a copy of the ‘Fact Sheet for Parents’

Table of impact!

Attendance % Impact on Learning Impact on Learner
95% – 100% Best chance of success Your child is taking full advantage of every learning opportunity
90% – 95% At least 2 weeks of learning missed Your child will have to spend time at home catching up on missed learning.
85% – 90% At least 4 weeks of learning missed Your child is at risk of under achieving and will need extra support from you to catch up on missed learning.
80% – 85% At least 5 ½ weeks of learning missed. Your child’s poor attendance is having a significant impact on learning.
Below 80% At least 7 ½ weeks of learning missed. Your child is missing out on a broad and balanced education. You are at risk of prosecution.

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