How does the school encourage good attendance and punctuality?
The Department for Education has guidelines regarding school attendance. It states that parents / carers are responsible for ensuring that their child gets a full-time education. We aim to improve the attendance and punctuality of all of our pupils by setting a target of 96% attendance for all pupils
Roles and Responsibilities:
Oakfield Primary School expects pupils to attend school regularly, on time and properly equipped and ready to learn.
Our policy is to contact parents / carers on the first day of absence if we haven’t received a message by 10am and to work in partnership with parents / carers and pupils to resolve concerns and issues.as quickly as possible.
The school will provide information about pupil’s attendance and punctuality each term and in their end of year report.
Parents / carers are responsible for ensuring that their child regularly and punctually attends school, is properly dressed, equipped and in a fit condition to learn.
Parents / carers are responsible for immediately informing the school of the reason for any absence by telephone call on the first morning of absence, before 10am.
If attendance problems do develop, the school expects parents / carers to work actively with school staff and the Education Welfare Officer to solve them.
Authorised and Unauthorised Absence:
Absence for the following reasons will be authorised where parents / carers have confirmed the absence either verbally, by telephone or in writing on the child’s return to school:
There is no legal entitlement for leave during the school term. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% which is below the 96% target we set for all Oakfield pupils. 10 days absence also means the pupil will miss 50 hours of education.
As from 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) ( England) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 prohibits Headteachers from granting any leave of absences to pupils, except where advance application has been made by the parent / carer and the Headteacher agrees that the absence will be an exceptional circumstance.
‘The current law does not give any entitlement to parents / carers to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave. Parents / carers can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school’.
Following Government changes regarding persistent absence, from September 2015 any pupil whose attendance falls below 90% will be placed on the Persistent Absent Register and will be monitored weekly by the Education Welfare Service.
When deciding upon any absence requests, the Headteacher will consider
NB. If the absence is not authorised and the absence is taken anyway, the case will be referred to the Local Authority who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or if £60 is paid within 21 days) to each parent/carer for each child taken out of school.
We work in partnership with parents/carers to resolve issues, which affect attendance and punctuality, as quickly as possible.