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Absence and Attendance

What to do if your child is unwell

To avoid outbreaks of infectious illnesses please do not bring your child to school if they are unwell. If your child becomes unwell whilst they are here, we will contact you to arrange for them to be collected by someone listed on their contact form. If there is a specific illness doing the rounds we will notify parents in our newsletter to enable parents to know what to be looking out for, for instance, chicken pox, conjunctivitis, sickness or diarrhoea. 

Children who have had a bout of sickness or diarrhoea will need to stay off school for 48hrs from the last episode. 

Please see below guidance regarding common illnesses.

100% Attendance

As we are sure you are aware, school attendance is known to be directly linked to pupil attainment.  In March 2016, the Department for Education (DfE) published a report on the link between absence and attainment on Key Stages 2 and 4.  The findings for both Key Stages show that in general, the higher the absence rate, the lower the likely level of attainment.  The key report states that at Key Stage2: 

 

'....pupils with no absence are 1.3 times more likely to achieve level 4 (now referred to as Age Related Expectations, ARE) or above at KS2, and 3.1 times more likely to achieve level 5 or above at KS4, than pupils that missed 10-15 per cent of all sessions.’

 

As a school, we have always rewarded 100% attendance termly, with a certificate that gets awarded in assembly.  From the term (Autumn 2018), children who have 100% attendance will be awarded a bronze 100% badge.  If they continue with their 100% attendance until the end of the of the Spring Term, they will be awarded a silver 100% badge and a gold badge if they have all 3 terms in the academic year at 100% attendance.  A bronze 100% attendance badge will be awarded in your child’s first term of achieving 100%, it does not have to be in this term.

 

Bronze Badge - 100% Attendance for 1 Term

Silver Badge - 100% Attendance for 2 Terms

Gold Badges - 100% Attendance for 3 Terms (Whole academic year)

 

A 100% attendance badge will be awarded to any pupil who has not been absent or late to school at any time through the term in question.  We do, however, recognise that some children may have to leave school slightly early, arrive late to school, or leave and return within the school day to attend an unavoidable medical appointment; such as Consultant hospital appointments, orthodontist appointments and emergency doctor/dentist appointments.  Due to this, these children will be identified, case by case, and may well still receive their 100% attendance badge.  

Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) 

Annie Thompson 

 

I would like to introduce myself to you, as the Education Welfare Officer for South Farnborough Junior School. I have been in post since January 2015, having been an Education Welfare Officer in Bracknell Forest prior to my move to Hampshire.

 

My role is to support schools, pupils and families to improve school attendance/punctuality and with any aspects which impact on this. I have had meetings with the Headteacher, Mrs Byrne and School Attendance Officer, Mrs Plummer throughout the term to advise on attendance matters. In addition to this there are a number of interventions that I am able to offer the school such as meetings with parents to develop a plan to improve attendance, assemblies, parent’s evenings/talks and meetings with pupils to discuss attendance. South Farnborough Junior School will be proactively managing attendance and making you aware when your child’s attendance is 95% or below and/or if your child is persistently late for school. If positive changes are not made as a result of contact by the school, the school will make a referral to me in order that I can meet with families to offer support. As the Education Welfare Officer for the Wavell Cluster Schools, the aim is to develop consistency with the interventions used to address non-attendance and how requests for absences are managed.

 

The Education Act 1996, Section 7 states that:

“The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him/her to receive efficient full-time education either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.”

To support this legislation, all schools will be required to work with Hampshire County Council to take legal action if:

1. A pupil has had 10 or more half day sessions (equivalent to five school days) of unauthorised absence in the last 100 possible school sessions. Unauthorised absence is absence not approved by the school.

2. A child is persistently late for up to 10 sessions after the close of the register (U Code)

3. A child is persistently late for up to 10 sessions before the close of register (L Code)

 

Further advice and guidance for parents/carers with respect to this will be available from September via the Hampshire website:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/behaviour-attendance-parents

All parents/carers must request leave of absence in advance on the Hampshire ‘Leave of absence form’. Leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and this is at the discretion of the Headteacher.

If you have any questions or would to discuss anything regarding your child’s attendance then please contact me.

Email: Contact.ewo@wavell.hants.sch.uk

Tel: 01252 341256

 

Annie Thompson - Education Welfare Officer

Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Absence

A penalty notice fine will be issued when there are 10 instances of unauthorised absence in a 100 session block. The block can straddle school years and even across to a new school. Similarly, a fine will be issued for persistent lateness. There are very few instances that school can authorise for exceptional circumstances - we may ask you for travel arrangements and dates - also evidence on social media which is contradictory to any information can be used to reinforce the decision.

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