All children’s attendance figures will be monitored weekly
• Attendance staff will meet weekly to analyse attendance patterns
• Individual and whole school attendance, punctuality figures discussed and ways forward suggested.
• Children causing concern will be discussed along with actions taken and progress towards targets.
• All parents receive a letter if attendance falls below 96%.
• Children with attendance less than 96% are identified as causing concern
• Children who are regularly late are also identified as causing concern
Procedures for when attendance is causing concern
• If at the attendance meeting the child’s attendance/punctuality continues to cause concern. Parents/carers are invited to attend an attendance/punctuality meeting in school where a EHA (Early Help Assessment) will be offered
• The pupil’s attendance/punctuality will be monitored until it is no longer a concern
• If a child’s absence remains a cause of concern and after intervention by the school which will include unauthorised absences, then a referral to the Local Authority will be made.
• The Local Authority will ask to meet with parents and school along with other professionals such as the school nurse to discuss absence issues.
• If parents/carers fail to attend meetings to discuss attendance issues and attendance or punctuality does not improve within a specific time a Penalty Notice could be served.
• Further absence or lateness could result in further court action and a custodial sentence.