Regular and punctual attendance of pupil at school is both legal requirement and essential for pupils to make progress and maximise their potential. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child of compulsory age receives efficient education that is suitable to the child’s age, ability aptitude and to any special educational needs the child may have at school or otherwise. The Secretary of State for Education advise is as follows:
- ‘Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove reference to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless regarded as exceptional circumstances.’
The office will mark all authorised and unauthorised absence. All absence notes should be sent with the register to the office where they will be filed. The secretary will check for any absences on the register and where there is no known reason for absence she will contact the child’s home.
Any additional days will be counted as unauthorised absence other than in exceptional circumstances. Please be aware of the following guidance for the Department of Education:
- “You should plan your holidays within school holidays as usual. Avoid seeking permission to take your child out of school during term time.”
Children applying for leave will be granted the absence in writing, a record of which is held in the school office. Fixed penalties are now in place for families whose children whose record shows a high percentage of unauthorised absence. This will be tracked by the office who will liaise with the Headteacher, SENCO and class teacher.
If a pattern of absence is emerging e.g. same day each week or no replies are received then the class teacher should inform senior management and seek a meeting with parents. If there is no improvement in attendance then it is the responsibility of senior management to consider the involvement of other agencies.