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!
Primary national pupil attendance is around 96%. This means that a child needs to attend school for at least 177 out of 190 days to meet national expectations.
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 shopping trip
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. Amazon very kindly sponsor this initiative donating a termly Kindle.
Our Head of Safeguarding, Miss Oates, is happy to work with both children and families to improve attendance and punctuality. Come and talk to us if you are having problems.
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%.
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.
From September 2013 the cost of these notices will be £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days.
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.
Nationally, five million school days were missed in the academic year 2011/ 2012 because of family holidays in term time, which is 10.1 per cent of overall absence in schools. This high level of absence has led the government to make this important change to legislation.
We anticipate that all schools in Leeds will introduce firm policies, and we will work closely with them to ensure that this change to the law has a positive impact on rates of attendance in the city.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the council and your child’s school to thank you for your full support in this matter.
Further information can be found at www.dfe.gov.uk.
Deputy director, learning skills and universal services
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
We are the only school in Leeds to gain sponsorship for our attendance. The fabulous TD DIrect (an Investment Bank) sponsor our weekly trophy, they provided a trophy for the winners and the school mascots Parky the Penguin. This is in addition to being rewarded £500 for 95% whole school attendance; £400 for 94% and so on.
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 win the trophy and Parky the Penguin for the week. 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.