From the beginning of the new academic year, 2015 to 2016, the Government is reducing the persistent absence threshold from 15% to 10%.
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The persistent absence threshold, of around 15%, means a pupil has to be absent for 56 sessions (28 days) of school to be classified as persistently absent. This is a great deal of schooling to miss and, in the government's opinion, setting the bar too high in this respect.
Good attendance is important in order for children to:
- Achieve their potential.
- Develop a positive attitude towards school and habits of punctuality and attendance.
- See themselves as an important part of the school community and to value and respect school life.
Punctuality matters too! MIssed minutes = missed learning = missed opportunities!
Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning:
- Arriving 5 minutes late every day adds up to over 3 days lost each year.
- Arriving 15 minutes late is the same as being absent for 2 weeks a year.
- Arriving 30 minutes late every day is the same as being absent for 19 days a year.
Contact Mrs J. Goodrich, Parent Support Advisor, with any concerns regarding attendance,