Attendance at Hartshill School
Please note: Important information is available for downloading using the links at the bottom of this page. The Attendance Policy is located with the Policies section of the website.
Help us Raise Your Childs Attendance and Raise their Chances!
- What does “Good attendance” mean?
- Do you know your child's attendance?
- Do you know why it is important?
- Do you know what to do?
An example for you:
This is Simon.
He is in Year 7 and has 90% attendance.
Simon thinks this is pretty good, so do his parents.
Are they right?
Well, 90% attendance means:
1/2 Day Missed every Week
During 38 school weeks - 4 whole weeks of lessons missed
Over 5 years of secondary school - 1/2 a school year missed
What impact might this have on Simon’s life...?
Research suggests that 17 missed school days a year = GCSE grade DROP in achievement. (DFES)
The greater the attendance the greater the achievement.
What could Simon’s potential earnings look like? A difference in £7.44/hour with no qualifications to £15.01/hour with a Graduate degree
So 90% is not as good as it first seemed is it?
Ways for parents to encourage attendance:
- Find out regularly your child's absence. (Ask for half days if easier) and check this matches with your own record.
- Talk regularly with your child about school and how they feel about it. The will be more likely to attend if they feel supported and anxieties listened to.
- Phone us as soon as possible to tell us why your child is absent, and when you expect them to return. Putting the school number in your phone can save you time.
- Only grant days at home for genuine illness. (You will know!!)
- Avoid taking holidays in school time.
- Know routines of the school day to avoid issues, e.g. have they got their PE kit?
- If you have concerns ring us – we will check attendance and be discreet.
- PRAISE AND REWARD GOOD ATTENDANCE: even small successes, e.g. going in promptly, even when first lesson is their worst!
- If there is a problem with your child’s attendance, talk calmly to your child and listen to the explanation. There is always an explanation. It may not impress you, but it counted enough with your child to make them truant. Pursuing the reason for non attendance is important.
- Talk to your Year Leads to resolve issues. We may be able to help and support you and your child. You are not alone.
- Be particularly watchful and supportive in the run up to tests and aware of coursework deadlines.
- Check homework diary regularly for gaps as well as completed activities.
- Help them catch up with missed work, missed day doesn’t mean missed work.
- Remember PRAISE for good attendance.
Ways we encourage attendance as a school:
- You will be phoned if your child is absent and we don’t have a reason
- Attendance of less than 95% is monitored by our Year Leads and Senior Team
- Phone calls home for children causing concern
- Home visits and Attendance Compliance and Enforcement Service involvement if no improvement
- Termly presentation events
- End of year prize draws
IF THERE ARE ISSUES WE CAN HELP YOU SOLVE THEM SO PLEASE HELP US AND YOUR CHILD BY ENSURING THEIR ATTENDANCE REMAINS ABOVE 95%, ALLOWING THEM TO ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL