Jaine Stannard, our Head of Services & Delivery and Safeguarding Lead, has written an article for Teachwire on the reasons behind school absence and how you can tackle them. It begins:
“In February last year, the DfE published a research report that found a strong correlation between attendance and attainment.
Nobody was surprised – we’ve always known that missing school has an impact on children’s exam results. We also know that disadvantaged children are more likely to miss school, and less likely to achieve good test results, go into higher education or find work.
But before we begin to look at how this can be addressed, it’s worth noting that while it may not be the most exciting method, intensive, rigorous tracking of attendance is the best way to avoid frequent absences. This is most effectively done by a dedicated person – if you look at attendance regularly, you can track trends and nip issues in the bud before they become big problems.”
You can read the full article here: http://www.teachwire.net/news/are-your-pupils-awol-absent-without-learning
The article was originally published in print, in Teach Primary magazine.