Foundation Whole-School Attendance

A coherent strategy focused on the interrelationship between attendance and attainment. It enables contributions from all parts and people from the school, and where required, services and support from the community.

“Attendance Plus has shown us the fundamental importance of getting the foundations right. We also like the flexibility their support brings… they’ve helped us across the attendance spectrum and with our policies. We think differently about attendance and as a result we’ve been consistently above national, even in these difficult times. Most important, our children have come back different, ready to learn.”

Valence Primary School, Dagenham.
  • Improve overall attendance
  • Reduce persistent absence

Contributes to improvement planning, SEF and evidencing impact.

Overview
  • Reaffirms school strengths and core values, systems and processes to promote regular and punctual attendance.
  • Reaffirms policy and procedures to communicate and understand expectations to all i.e. parents, children, staff and governors.
  • Ensures synergy to other school policies e.g. safeguarding, behaviour, health and SEND.
  • Helps parents, children and young people understand the importance of being on time and attending school.
  • Reaffirms home-school covenants and First Day absence arrangements.
  • Helps understanding in relation to statutory frameworks, roles and responsibilities.
  • Systematically analyses data to reduce the risks of persistent lateness and persistent absence.
  • Uses best practice working arrangements to ensure commitment from external agencies e.g. social care, health, education, police and community groups to make attendance ‘everyone’s business’.
  • Contributes to school improvement planning, SEF, narrowing the gap and evidencing impact.

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