This week I would like to talk about our attendance target in our AIP. The target set for this year is 93% average attendance. As you are aware, we have linked attendance to the end of term reward in The Cecil Challenge. If a child has more than 5 days unexplained or unacceptable (which includes shopping or family holidays) absences they are not eligible for the end of term reward. It is important that children are at school learning every day, which the department promotes through its “Every Day Counts” campaign. When we record absences we can only decide which code to use based on information provided by an adult. Unfortunately, we still have some unexplained absences due to parents forgetting to let the school know why their child has been away. This then counts against their child being able to get the end of term reward. Sadly, in most cases we do know why the child has been absent and they have been reasonable absences, but because an adult has not told us the reason it ends up going in as unexplained.
What can you do to help at home? Please ensure you let the school know why your child has been absent. If you have misplaced your “Every Day Counts” fridge magnet that lets you know the different ways you can let the school know about your child’s absences, just ask the office for a replacement. If you are having trouble getting your child to come to school, see your child’s teacher, as there may be some issue happening at school we need to deal with.