As a parent you are legally responsible for making sure that your child attends school. If your child fails to attend school without an acceptable reason you risk getting a Fixed Penalty Notice or being prosecuted.
Arranging appointments and outings after school hours, at weekends or during school holidays will help to prevent disruption to your child's education and to the school. You should not expect the school to agree to your child going on holiday during term time and if you do take them out of school this too may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice.
Strive for 95!
Torfaen Council’s education service have launched a ‘Strive for 95!’ initiative to improve pupil attendance and reduce unauthorised absence in all Torfaen schools.
1% absence is roughly equivalent to 2 days, so a pupil achieving 90% attendance is still missing 20 days or 4 weeks of the school year.
From this year every pupil who achieves 95% attendance or higher during each school term will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the school year to win £50 of high street vouchers. Two winners will be randomly drawn from key stage 1, 2, 3 and 4 and presented with their vouchers at the end of the summer term.
Every pupil who achieves 100% attendance during the 6 terms of the school year will be written to and presented with an attendance certificate in school assemblies.
Since 2014 the council has had the authority to issue fixed penalty notice and fines for parents whose children have more than five days of unauthorised absence. The notice can be issued for any absences not authorised by the school, including holidays. Torfaen can issue these notices when concerns are raised by school or the police.
Torfaen’s Executive Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr David Yeowell said: ‘Raising educational attainment is a priority for the council and we are committed to ensuring pupils have the best chance of success in schools. Time in school and the classroom is vital to achieving high grades and young people achieving their goals, poor attendance have a detrimental effect on a pupil’s achievement and life chances. There are 175 days per year when children are not in school. We know some days are unavoidable but every day missed is a lost opportunity to learn. Currently primary attendance stands at 95% and secondary attendance levels are at 93.6% so I’d really like to thank parents for their continued support in improving these figures further.’
Having difficulties getting your child to school?
If you are having difficulty in getting your child to school or think there may be a reason why your child does not want to go to school, you should speak to your child's class teacher, Head of Year or Headteacher for help and support. There is also advice and support available from the school’s Education Welfare Officer.
Last Modified: 26/09/2017
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