The importance of your child’s attendance at school.
If you become aware that your child is missing out on his/her education please take every opportunity to discuss the matter with the pastoral staff or Headteacher at their school.
Every school has a Gateway Worker who can help to sort out problems and offer independent free advice and support for you and your child.
Gateway Workers can be contacted via the school or directly at:
Tel: 01942 486098/486095 Fax: 01942 486085
What are the responsibilities of parents and carers?
As a parent or carer, you must make sure that your child:
- Is educated at an appropriate school or otherwise. attends school regularly, arrives on time and abides by the school rules. is ready and in a fit condition to learn.
- has the right equipment for their lessons and has the correct school uniform. Your child must not be kept away from school for example...
- To look after brothers or sisters
- To mind the house
- To visit relatives
- To go on holiday
- To go on shopping trips
Why do children not attend school?
There are many reasons why children don’t attend school. Here’s a few examples:
- Problems with school work
- Fear of failure
- Peer group pressures
- Family problems
What can you do to help?
- If your child is absent from school with your permission e.g. if they’re ill, contact the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence by either:
- Phoning the school
- Sending a note
- Calling at the school in person
When your child returns to school, always send a signed and dated note giving the reason for their absences. Remember, only a school, not a parent can authorise an absence.
Make sure the school knows in advance if your child has a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment.
Talk to your child about school and what goes on there.
- Take a positive interest in your child’s work.
- Support the school all you can; take every opportunity offered by the school for parents or carers to be involved – for example go to open day/evenings, report and progress sessions etc.
- Avoid taking your child on trips, holidays or shopping on school days.
- Make sure your children are not illegally employed and being exploited. You can contact staff regarding Child Employment on the telephone number/s below.
- Be aware of the signs that your child may be missing school.