Attendance - Every Moment Matters

Children only get one chance at school, and your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school or alternative provision regularly. If children do not attend school regularly, they may:

  • Struggle to keep up with school work. In a busy school day, it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up.
  • Miss out on the social side of school life –especially at primary school. Poor attendance can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships, a vital part of growing up.

Setting good attendance patterns from an early age, from nursery classes through primary school, will also help your child later on. Employers want to recruit people who are reliable. So children with a poor school attendance record may have less chance of getting a good job.

Don’t underestimate the importance of 100 percent attendance. Even one day missed can have an effect on learning:
  •  98 percent attendance means four school days missed.
  •  95 percent attendance means 10 school days missed.
  •  90 percent attendance means 19 school days missed.
  •  80 percent attendance means 38 school days missed.
  •  Five minutes late each day means three school days missed.