Being on time is important as schools often start the day with core learning (English, Maths and Literacy).  It also provides opportunity to meet friends, other families and to develop new relationships. Being late could mean your child falls behind due to lost learning.

This table shows the equivalent of days missed from school by being late over an academic year

5 minutes3.4 school days a year
10 minutes6.9 school days a year
15 minutes10.3 school days a year
20 minutes13.8 school days a year
30 minutes20.7 school days a year

Legal implications of being late to school

If your child is late after registration has closed, they are likely to get an unauthorised mark for this session (code U).  If this persists legal action could be taken by Penalty Notice fine or Prosecution (see Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996).

Establishing good habits and routine

It’s important to establish good habits and routine for school, which will also serve your child well for later life e.g. further learning and employment.

Tips to avoid being late for school (hyperlinks provide information on sleep, screen time and nutrition):

For further information on breakfast and healthy food choices see here: https://attendanceplus.co.uk/useful-links/

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