Every Day Counts

7 February 2017

7th February 2017


Primary School Attendance

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education. Pupils learn new things in school every day – missing school puts them behind.

Why it’s important

We all want our Pupils to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with Pupils coming to school each and every day.

If Pupils miss school regularly, they miss out on learning the fundamental skills that will set them up for success in the later years in school.

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a Pupil misses a day, puts them behind and can affect their educational outcomes.

Each missed day is associated with progressively lower achievement in numeracy, writing and reading.

Getting in early

Attendance patterns are established early – a child regularly missing days in Nursery or the early years of school, will often continue to miss classes in the later years and receive lower test scores than their classmates. It’s vital that Pupils go to school every day – even in the early years of Primary School.

What we can do

The main reasons for absence are:

Sickness – There are always times when Pupils need to miss school, such as when they’re ill. It’s vital that they’re only away on the days that they are genuinely sick. Getting into a good sleep pattern, 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.

Days off – Think twice before letting your child have a “day off” as they could fall behind their classmates – every day counts.


For more information, please contact Mrs Saunders our FLO.

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