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Attendance Facts for all Parents and Carers

*     All pupil are expected to reach attendance levels of 97% and above to be able to access and achieve their full potential in school. At least GOOD attendance of 95%+ is essential if children are to ‘keep up’ with their peers in class and maintain good friendships.

*     Pupils only attend school for 190 days every school year which means for the other 175 days they are at home with you!

*     In line with current recommendations holidays in term time are not allowed and if taking can lead to fining, and more importantly children missing very important learning.

*     Persistent absence from school, classed as 90% will be investigated by the Attendance and Inclusion Service (AIS) within the MAST team and fines can be implemented for each child to each parent..

The percentages below will help you understand our expected attendance:   

Attendance Strategy

This Attendance Strategy will set out E-ACT’s commitment to improving school attendance and punctuality at all phases of learning.

Aims

·         To ensure that every child is safeguarded and their right to education is protected.

·         To ensure the school attendance target is achieved, through rewards and incentives for good attendance and punctuality.

·         To raise standards and ensure every child reaches their full educational potential, through a high level of school attendance and punctuality

·         To ensure all the stakeholders, governors, parents, pupils and staff receive regular communication, about the importance of good attendance and punctuality.

·         To keep accurate, up-to-date records and have a robust and rigorous system for analysing attendance.

·         To identify causes of low attendance/punctuality with individuals, classes and groups of pupils and address them.

·         To work with external agencies, in order to address barriers to attendance and overcome them. 

    

The development and implementation of this strategy is intended to ensure that all teaching and support staff employed by the Academy are carrying out appropriate measures that will safeguard children and promote their welfare. Regular attendance at the Academy is a legal requirement, establishes good habits which will valued later by employers, and is vital if our young people are to gain the full benefit of the education provided and to succeed in public examinations. Doing all we can to ensure good attendance is, therefore, a priority for the Academies.

To improve and maintain the regular attendance of all pupils the Trust will:-

·         Collect and analyse attendance data monthly in order to identify trends and to allocate resources effectively.

·         Collate and monitor the data for legal proceedings within the chain.

·         Support Academies through system leadership to devise and implement their own strategies to improve attendance.

·         Form a Trust reward incentive policy for the chain.

·         Form effective communication across the chain – Attendance Cluster to share good practice.

·         Share new guidance/legislation across the Academy chain

·         Represent the Trust at formal attendance meetings if required.

·         Support Implementation of legal action against parents/carers in the Magistrates Court as required.

 

 

E-Act Academies will:-

·         Identify a designated member of the Senior Leadership Team to take responsibility for all attendance matters, including the setting and regular review of targets for the whole school, year/class groups and individual pupils.

·         Implement efficient systems of registration which encourage children and parents/carers to account promptly for any absences.

·         Ensure absences are only authorised where the school are satisfied that the absence was genuine.

·         Develop attendance incentive schemes (individual and group awards etc.) in accordance with the needs of the Academy.

·         Highlight important dates such as SATs in newsletters, letters home etc.

·         Explain to pupils how poor attendance can impact on attainment.

·         Monitor how the curriculum and ethos of the Academy impact on school attendance.

·         Implement correct policy for children who are educated other than at school.

·         Holidays in term time will only be authorised for exceptional circumstances – Application form to the Principal.

·         Analyse attendance data, looking for emerging patterns of non-attendance, compare to national comparators.

·         Ensure relevant attendance information is shared effectively with parents, students, staff, local authority and outside agencies where appropriate. This will be led by the Attendance Team via data exchanges, governor reports, letters home and Academy newsletters.

·         Put in place monitoring and referral procedures which ensure that children whose attendance is a cause for concern are identified early.

·         Use a graduated approach to respond to the attendance data weekly (see flowchart and Appendix)

Triggers – 97%, 94%, 92% below 90%

Ø  Daily monitoring - First Day Call Procedures

Ø  Weekly tracking reports to relevant staff

Ø  Home visits

Ø  Scheduled attendance panels through the year – measurable targets set and support provided.

Ø  Links with safeguarding team

Ø  Fixed Penalty Fines/Legal action

  • Provide support through the school’s own pastoral systems, including appropriate contact with parents/carers.
  • Arrange Attendance Panels, involving leadership to address attendance issues.

·         All schools and academies should operate First Day Absence procedures to ensure that parents are aware when their child is not in school.

·         Use of text service

·         Schools and academies are responsible for monitoring the attendance of their children and/or young people who are placed on alternative provision.

  • Report any children missing from education to the local authority (see policy)
  • Report to the local authority if they take a student from role that meet specific criteria (see Safeguarding policy)

 

*All actions/strategies taken in supporting improved attendance are in accordance with Local Authority and legal Guidelines.

*Parents may be contacted via phone at any time to discuss attendance concerns and support offered, actions are taken after careful consideration of the individual circumstances.

Each intervention at every stage is monitored by the attendance officers each half term between weeks 2-6 therefore parents should expect letters/interventions to occur every half term. The senior leadership team will monitor the impact of the interventions and overall policy.

 

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All pupil are expected to reach attendance levels of 97% and above to be able to access and achieve their full potential in school. At least GOOD attendance of 95%+ is essential if children are to ‘keep up’ with their peers in class and maintain good friendships.