Every Day Counts
Primary School Attendance
Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Children learn new things at school every day – missing school puts them behind.
Why is it Important?
We all want our children to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.
If students miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school.
There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.
Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading. At St Matthew Academy we are very concerned with the levels of attendance in certain year groups and must taking action to improve. We in primary have employed a new member of staff who now monitors punctuality and attendance of all children in Primary. We now must together raise expectations and set boundaries for attendance. 96% is our school and student target.
For those consistent offenders, a letter will be sent out to parents explaining these raised expectations and a meeting will be organised to review our concerns.
What can you do?
The main reasons for absence are:
Sickness – There are always times when students need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days they are genuinely sick, and setting good sleep patterns, eating well and exercising regularly can make a big difference.
Holidays - It's vital that holidays are planned during school holidays where possible, and not during the term if it can be avoided.
Day off – Think twice before letting your child have a ‘day off’ as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts.