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Attendance Awareness Month

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Why have an attendance awareness month in September?
The answer to this question can be explained by an Attendance Awareness Fact:

  • If pupils attend school and achieve 95% or more attendance during the month of September, they are more likely to carry on and achieve 95% attendance, or more, by the end of the school year in July.  
  • If pupils have below the national standard level, that is below 95% during September, then pupils will find it harder to achieve 95% or more by July.

Are you a St Elphin's HERO?

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Every day counts

Days off school add up to lost learning

There are 365 days per year. There are 190 school days per year.

That leaves 175 days to spend on family time, visits, holidays, shopping, household jobs and appointments, other appointments.

We expect all of our children to have attendance of 95% or above.

Did you know?  A pupil who has 80% attendance misses an average of one day a week; nearly 40 days in a year – approx 8 weeks of every year – that’s over 200 hours of learning missed! 

That is the same as a year off by the time a child is in Year 5! Shocking!

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If your child has to be absent from school, please make sure you contact the school office (01925) 635143 on the first day of absence from 8.00am onwards. When your child returns to school, please provide an absence note on the first day back.  Image result for telephone clipart

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Punctuality is important

The school day starts at 8.45.  We encourage and welcome our children to come into school from 8.40, so that they are ready for the 8.45 start.

Children who miss the start of the day miss out on a crucial ‘settling down’ period – a chance to catch up on news with friends, share stories with their teacher, find their belongings, hang up their coats, , change reading books and prepare for a day of learning – that is a lots of things.

Did you know?

If your child is just 5 minutes late every day – that adds up to over 3 days lost each year.

If your child is late by 15 minutes each day, that is the same as being absent for 2 weeks per year!

 

HOW SCHOOL HAVE BEEN WORKING TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE:

1) We have designed our own school attendance HERO logo. HERO stands for Here, Every day, Ready and On time.

2) We have introduced a whole school attendance race track - each class has designed a car which moves around the track a certain number of spaces depending on the percentage attendance achieved each week.

3)  Every morning or afternoon session a class can earn a letter from the words PERFECT ATTENDANCE as long as everybody is in. When the words are complete it earns the class extra moves around the board.

4) At the end of a half-term the winning class earns themself a sweet treat of some description and the race begins again!

5) Individual children are targeted through a rewards- based plan to improve their attendance

6)  Our families are offered various practical support strategies to help improve attendance and punctuality.

For further information about good attendance and punctuality, please see the following document:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/school-attendance-matters-parents-guide

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD - TOP TIPS FOR BEING AN ATTENDANCE HERO

1) Make sure your child has enough sleep

2) Make sure your child has an alarm clock

3) Make sure your child has clothes ready the night before including any PE or swimming kit

4) Arrange dental and medical appointments outside of school hours wherever possible

5) Do not book holidays in term time - they will not be authorised.

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