Inspiring Excellence - our attendance principles
If your child is going to be absent/late
- Telephone: 01395 266997 (before 9am where possible)
- Or send a MyEd message before 9am with the reason for the absence.
- Choose option 1 and state full reason, e.g. temperature, sickness, severe cold.
- Avoid vague reasons such as ‘ill’, or ‘under the weather’.
We have a 48 hour rule for any sickness/diarrhoea to try to prevent any outbreaks. Please ensure that if your child has suffered with either of these, they remain absent from school for a clear 48 hour period from the last attack.
If a child is absent without explanation – first day contact process
- All registers will be checked by 09.30
- All of the missing child’s contacts will be telephoned until we have a response
- A text will also be sent
- A welfare check of the house may be conducted
- The police or multi-agency safeguarding hub may be called
The class register opens at 9.00am and closes at 9.10am. If your child arrives after the register has started at 9.00am but before it has closed at 9.10am they will be coded as late (L). If they arrive after 9.10am they will be coded as arriving unacceptably late - after the register has closed - (U) which is an unauthorised absence.
*A child arriving after the register has started but before the register has closed will be coded as “late” (code L).
*A child arriving after the register has closed will be coded as “Late after registration closed” (code U). This is counted as an “Unauthorised Absence” (see appendix for use of other codes).
Attendance during the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated 31/08/2021)
The Government have announced that all children must attend school from September 2021, unless they have symptoms, have tested positive, or have been asked to isolate through the Track and Trace programme.
They have re-emphasised that attendance for all is mandatory and that school's must encourage full attendance and follow attendance procedures in full.
If a parent or child is worried about attending school, then we must work together to ensure that (s)he is able to come to school every day. Please inform us if attendance is difficult during this time, and we will design a system of support that is right for the child.
Before choosing to keep your child off school, please read 'Inspiring Excellence - Attendance' at the top of this page.
If your child needs to be away from school, for any reason, please complete an absence request form (S2) or bring in a copy of the medical appointment letter/card. Wherever possible, please ensure you give the school at least 2 weeks' notice. Holiday requests will not be unauthorised. Any absences over 10 sessions (5 days) are reported to Devon County Council in accordance with government guidelines, which may result in a penalty notice.
I am sure you will appreciate that good attendance in school correlates to the educational achievements of children. Official research by the DfE shows, in general, the higher the percentage of sessions missed across the Key Stage, the lower the likely level of attainment at the end of Key Stage 2. In particular, pupils with no absence are 1.6 times more likely to achieve Age Related Expectations or above, and 4.7 times more likely to achieve above Age Related Expectations than pupils that missed 15-20% of all sessions.
Further information can also be found by viewing our Pupil Attendance Policy on the First Federation Trust Website.