Attendance and Behaviour Information

Why is good attendance important?

 

·         ‘Good’ attendance means 96+% attendance.

·         ‘Unsatisfactory’ attendance means less than 95% attendance.

·         Your welfare and safety are our prime concern.

·         We believe that good attendance and punctuality are key life skills that will enable you to do your best and achieve your potential in school and in life beyond school.

 

We monitor the attendance and punctuality of all students and support families where barriers to attendance have been identified.

 

STAGE ONE

 

·         We recognise and reward good attendance every term.

·         All students are given their attendance information every term – for the previous term and cumulatively across the year.

·         Links to attainment are discussed.

·         Information about Persistent Absence (PA) - attendance below 95% - is identified.

 

Excellent attendance helps students to make excellent progress!  Every day and every lesson really do matter.

 

STAGE TWO

 

·         School will work in partnership with parents and students to communicate important messages regarding absence and attendance.

·         We expect parents to let us know why you are not in school.  They should contact school on your first day of absence and every day thereafter.

·         You should bring a note to your Attendance Manager on your return to school.

·         Every day school lets parents know if you have not registered in Lesson 1 or have been late.  Remember - if you arrive ‘late’ you will have to do a detention to make up the time missed.

·         IMPORTANT: If you are more than 60 minutes late you will be coded in the register as ‘U’.  This is recorded as an ABSENCE for the session.

·         You will be registered in every lesson in school.

·         School does not expect or condone students being out of school for holidays during term time.

 

We only authorise planned absence during term time in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and if notification is in advance and in writing.

 

SOME IMPORTANT FACTS

 

·         Students leaving school with 5 A* - C grades will earn £350,000 more over a lifetime than those leaving with 5 C grades.

·         1 in 5 students with poor attendance leave with no GCSE qualification.

·         Only 10% of those persistently absent achieve 5 A* - C grades.

 

HIGH ATTENDANCE    =   MORE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

MORE PROGRESS

MORE QUALIFICATIONS

MORE CHOICE

 

STAGE THREE

 

·         The Attendance Team scrutinises attendance and absence every week – if your attendance falls below 95% your parents will be notified and you will be monitored.

·         If your attendance falls below 95% - you will be invited to an Attendance Support meeting with your parents/guardians – Attendance Targets will be set.

·         An Action Plan for improvement will be agreed.

 

No improvement in attendance or long term attendance issues = student’s progress is adversely affected.

 

STAGE FOUR

 

·         If the Attendance Support meeting fails to result in positive change over a designated period (usually 6 weeks) and attendance targets are not met – school will involve outside agency support and sanctions.

 

Legal action could result - fines/court action/prosecution.

 

PERSISTENT ABSENCE

 

Persistent absence is the term used when a student’s attendance falls under 90%, which may lead to legal proceedings being implemented. 

 

Students are expected to achieve 95% – 100%.  PA intervention will occur for those students attending for less than 95%.

 

 

Attendance Percentage

Number of sessions missed

Equivalent number of days missed

Equivalent number of weeks missed

Equivalent number of lessons missed

100%

0

0

0

0

99%

6

3

0.5

15

98%

8

4

0.8

20

97%

11

5.5

1

28

96%

15

7.5

1.5

38

95%

19

9.5

2

48

92%

30

15

3

75

90%

38

19

4

95

85%

57

28.5

6

143

80%

76

38

8

190

70%

114

57

11.5

285

 
CHANGE TO NCC ATTENDANCE POLICY 
 
The Local Authority has been working together with local schools and Academies to reduce the amount of leave taken in term time, by requesting that Penalty Notices are issued under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 (amended regulations 2013).
 
Parents need to be aware that as of Monday 25 April 2016, Northamptonshire County Council is changing the policy, which will mean that a Penalty Notice will be issued for 5 days of absence (the equivalent of 10 sessions) rather than 10 days (the equivalent of 20 sessions).
 
There is clear evidence that any absence can, and will, have an impact on attainment.  It is therefore important that schools and Academies maintain good attendance levels and that parents support this by ensuring their children attend school regularly.  Whilst parents/carers can provide explanations for absences, it is at the Academy’s discretion as to whether an absence will be authorised or unauthorised.

 

 

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