Dear Parents and Carers Sept 2017
Important Information about School Attendance - Update
Last year (16-17) the whole school attendance was 96.86%. This is lower than the previous year but still broadly in line with attendance rates across the county. Thank you to parents and families for co-operating and ensuring that your children have good rates of attendance which really helps with the continuation of their education.
As in all things at Faldingworth School we want to achieve better than this.
We will continue some of the some of the measures that we use to further improve our school attendance. For example, certificates for 100% attendance, stickers and prizes. We will work with each class to develop our weekly classroom rewards.
In addition, Lincolnshire County Council Attendance and Inclusion Team have issued further guidance to schools on attendance, including an update regarding unauthorised absence. We are legally bound to inform all parents/carers, irrespective of their child’s attendance, of the recent changes regarding attendance and the legal system. The school governors have revised our attendance policy. This is available on our school website.
- Further to the recent High Court Case relating to leaves of absence in term time, Lincolnshire County Council has advised that it will once again be administering Penalty Notices. Please be aware that these Notices can be issued for either an unauthorised leave of absence or where the child is a persistent absentee (below the required 90% attendance).
- Absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances on a case by case basis at the discretion of the headteacher
- Please be aware that where the child’s attendance is a cause for concern, absence for illness may need to be evidenced.
- If a child is absent for more than 4.5 days in any 6 week period this falls into the persistent absence category. Fixed Penalty Notices will be issued for any unauthorised absence that exceeds the 4.5 day period.
- Fixed Penalty Notices will be sent to any person over the age of 18 in the home, deemed to have day to day care of the student.
- If a student is absent from school for 10 consecutive unauthorised days, the school is required to inform Lincolnshire County Council that they are missing education. Once this has been done, that parent/carer will be contacted by a member of the County’s Out of School Team.
- As always, if a child is unwell, parents/carers are expected to contact the school on each morning of the absence. This is not only to keep the school up to date with the child’s progress but also fulfils the school’s Safeguarding Policy requirements. Please contact the school by 9.30am. Please do not tell the Class teacher or the child’s brother/sister to pass messages on to the school office; the office staff need to hear from you by either telephone or calling into the office. If you tell us your child is poorly/not very well you will be asked to elaborate on this as we are unable to accept this as a reason for absence.
- If we have concerns about your child’s attendance at school we will discuss this with you. We will ask you to attend a school attendance panel which will be reviewed 6 weeks later. You and I may feel that you need some extra help; if this is the case we can offer you an Early Help Assessment in order to ensure the appropriate support available.
- Please make sure that your child arrives for school on time every day. If you child arrives late before the register closes at 9.15am he/she will be marked as late. If he/she arrives after the register closes at 9.15am they will be marked as an unauthorised late.
- If you have recently made any changes of address or contact details please can you make sure we have this information in school.
Further information about Fixed Penalty Notices. A fixed Penalty Notice is a strategy used by schools to address unacceptable levels of attendance of children at their school under the following legislation:
Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 places upon parents a duty to ensure that their child receives efficient full-time education either by regular attendance at school or otherwise
? Where a child is a registered pupil at a school and the parent fails to ensure that child’s regular attendance at school the parent is liable to be prosecuted for a criminal offence under Section 444 of the Education Act
? In cases where this duty is not being fulfilled Section 444B of the same Act empowers the Local Authority to issue a Fixed Penalty of either £60.00 or £120.00.
Thanks you in advance for your support in this matter. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to make an appointment with me to discuss the changes in more detail.You can also visit the Lincolnshire County Council’s website for more information.
Please note that term dates have been issued to all parents and can also be found on the school website.
Mrs K Grummell