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Attendance and Punctuality

Don’t miss a moment of the greatest years of your life!

At Parklands Primary we know that regular attendance is directly linked to raising achievement and develops skills for life and work. Please support the school in this by ensuring that your child attends school regularly and arrives ready to learn and on time at 8.50 am.

Analysis of the KS2 SAT’s clearly shows that the children regularly late score LOWER than those children who complete their EARLY BIRD everyday.

Being 20 minutes late every day means you miss 100 minutes of Maths every week. Multiply this by 39 weeks a year = 3900 minutes missed a year. Basically this is 65 hours missed a year!

Attendance Matters
Primary national pupil attendance was around 96% pre COVID. This means that a child needs to attend school for at least 177 out of 190 days to meet national expectations.

We are proud to work in Partnership with the Washwood Heath MAT who provide four days training a year for our Attendance Team.

The Strategic Attendance Lead for Washwood Heath MAT works with Parklands Primary for four days a year giving a detailed overview of attendance across the school. The WHMAT approach is an excellent example of best practice; there are very clear and detailed systems and procedures in place to manage absence and attendance across the school.

Following an excellent four-day DFE review into attendance across Washwood Heath and considering the most recent publication of the DFE: Working together to improve school attendance paper, we are delighted that the WHMAT chose Parklands to offer an Attendance Support Programme consisting of four days across the academic year.

The Aim

  • Continue to improve Attendance to the pre Covid 19 levels
  • Reduce PA
  • Improve existing attendance systems / processes to support continued and sustained improvements
  • To create an ethos in which good Attendance is the norm and every child aims for excellent Attendance
  • To ensure Attendance and Punctuality is a key priority for school
  • To develop a systematic approach to gathering and analysing relevant attendance data – proactively implementing targeted support programmes regarding school attendance
  • Enable Parklands to make informed use of Attendance data to target interventions appropriately, focussing on the key demographic groups highlighted in the 2022 DFE paper.

5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice. 

The Parklands 5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice framework is modelled on the work of Professor Katherine Weare. The emphasis is on developing a school culture and climate which builds a sense of connectedness and belonging to ensure all children can attend school and thrive. The strategic approach allows educational settings to identify early triggers that can lead to poor attendance issues such as; mental health issues, lack of trust, communication and relationship breakdowns and the possible lack of networking opportunities. Each Foundation is underpinned by five Key Performance Indicators to ensure educational settings can monitor and measure progress against set actions. A bespoke action plan is the key driver to the success of the 5 Foundations and to support this process each educational setting will undertake a self-assessment questionnaire audit – ensuring all actions support identified development points. Part of the four day programme will involve the educational setting undertaking a ‘deep dive’ review to measure progress towards the agreed KPIs and action plan.

Understanding types of absence

Every ½ day absence from school, by law, has to be classified as either authorised or unauthorised. This is why information about the cause of absence is always asked for.

Authorised absences are mornings or afternoons away from school for a good reason such as illness, medical appointments and emergencies.

An absence is classified as Unauthorised, if the reason was not recognised as acceptable. The Department for Education (DfE) and Local Education Authorities provide information for schools as what is acceptable and what is not.

Examples of reasons that would not be accepted:

A birthday
A shopping trip
Day trips
Holidays – unless have been agreed as exceptional circumstances

What should I do if my child is absent from school?
Contact the school office on the first morning before and notify us of the absence and provide a reason.
School will phone on Day 1 of an absence and do a home visit after 2 days.

It is very important that all children arrive on time. If your child arrives late, they will not be able to come into school via usual morning entrance doors but should instead come through the main school entrance. We will then be able to mark registers and ensure your child is marked for a school dinner.

Please note that if your children arrives at school later than 9:30, we are required to mark them as absent for that half day session.

If children are regularly late, a parent will be expected to attend a meeting to look at how punctuality can be improved.

Promoting Attendance and Support
We believe that working together with parents is the best way to result in positive attendance outcomes for our children.

We have lots of high profile rewards and systems in school to promote good attendance and punctuality with the children.

All classes above 95% attendance that week get to roll the dice on our ‘Classopoply’ board where they can win prizes such as Juice and Biscuits in the Garden; Dodgeball; DVD… and if they roll well; they can win a lesson with ME.

Certificates and prizes are given termly in recognition of good attendance and improved attendance.

Our Head of Safeguarding, Chris Dyson, and the Attendance Team, Julia Feeley, Sarah Richardson and Jess Ibson, are happy to work with both children and families to improve attendance and punctuality. Come and talk to us if you are having problems.

Attendance Monitoring
As attendance and punctuality is so important to us, we cannot be complacent where there are instances of unacceptable, low pupil attendance, or if pupils are regularly late to school.

Leeds Education Authority is keen that we adopt measures and involve external agencies if the level of attendance requires us to do so. A computer generates reports termly and letters are sent to ALL parents where attendance is below 90%.


Dear parent/carer

I would like to advise you about important changes to legislation announced by the Department for Education (DfE) with regard to holidays in term time.

From 1 September 2013, schools are no longer allowed to authorise any requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.

Requests for leave can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and a holiday would not be considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the DfE have told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.

Parents may receive a penalty notice if their child is absent from school without permission.

We appreciate the challenges that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during the school holidays. However, regular attendance at school is vital in helping children and young people to achieve their full potential and get the best possible start in life.

Be in the line at ten to nine

As well as making sure your child comes to school every day it is extremely important that children are at school on time. They should be in the line at ten to nine (lined up in the playground ready to start the day.) Even just a few minutes a day adds up over the year, we begin our learning as soon as we enter the classroom working on our early bird mental maths tasks. Being late in the morning means missing this valuable maths teaching which equips the children with valuable mental maths skills which helps them succeed in maths lessons and in later life.

When making doctor, dentist or hospital appointments please try wherever possible to make these for after the end of the school day


Attendance Rewards

We run a termly attendance 100% club, children achieving 100% attendance received special rewards or treats and we have a weekly raffle for Attendee of the week in every class. We celebrate attendance every Friday in a special assembly where the class with the best attendance wins the trophy and treats. Every class which has an average attendance of 95% or more can play Classopoly. Classopoly is our monopoly style board game – you will spot it on the wall in our hall. Each class has their own monopoly piece which moves round the board, every week you have 95% or more your class gets to roll the dice and move around the board. There is one special difference about our board though – instead of houses the squares are all rewards everything from extra playtime and art activities to milkshakes, crispy buns or a special lesson with Mr Dyson.