Did you know that?.........
- A child with a 95% attendance rate misses two weeks of school per year
- A child with a 90% attendance rate misses nearly 4 weeks of school per year
- A child with 85% attendance misses more than 5 weeks of school per year
- A child with 95% attendance misses 2 whole terms of his/her school career
- A child with 90% attendance misses 1/3 academic years over the course of a school career
- A child with 85% attendance misses more than 2 full academic years over the course of a school career
- Primary pupils with no absence are 1.3 times more likely to achieve the expected level for their age, and 3.1 times more likely to exceed the expected level for their age than pupils who missed 10-15 per cent of all sessions*
- Secondary pupils with no absence are 2.2 times more likely to achieve 5 or more IGCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics and 4.7 times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate than pupils missing 10-15 per cent of KS4 sessions*
- Even missing as little as 1 week per academic year (equivalent to a 97% attendance rate) is shown to have a statistically significant negative impact on attainment*
*Figures from the 2016 Dept. for Education survey of around 1 million schoolchildren in UK
In conclusion, what can seem like small amounts of school absence (like, say, one afternoon a week) is known to have a significantly detrimental effect on children’s learning and attainment. I have set out 4 main priorities for us to focus on as a school this year. Two of these are really focuses for us as a teaching staff (smoother transition between school stages and improved planning for learning) but the other two will require your support as parents if we are to get real traction. The fourth priority is Reading but, for now, can I please ask you all to have a good think about what we can do together to raise levels of attendance at school so that we ensure that we are giving our children the very best chances to succeed.