As a parent/carer you are responsible for ensuring your children receive a suitable full time education.
Last academic year saw schools temporarily close for many children due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Schools have now re-opened and the Department for Education has confirmed that attendance for all pupils is mandatory. This has been the case since the start of the Autumn 2020 term.
If you need further information and guidance with relation to Covid-19 and your child’s return to full time education, please discuss any concerns with your child’s school immediately. You should also read the Department for Education’s guidance document.
Absence is proven to have a significant negative impact upon a child’s educational attainment and further education. Regular attendance is not only a legal requirement but is essential for children/young people to maximise their educational opportunities.
The Education Support Service (ESS) has a legal responsibility to monitor school attendance on behalf of Dudley Borough Council. If a school has a concern about a child's attendance they will refer this to the ESS.
If you are experiencing difficulty with your child’s attendance, behaviour or accessing support to address any additional needs your child has you should always contact your child's school. The school will then work with you to try and resolve any difficulties you have and/or identify appropriate levels of support or refer you for additional support services.
You can also contact the service direct if you are concerned about your child's attendance.
It can be extremely hard for a pupil to catch up on missed work, regular absence can really disadvantage your child in life. Children who miss one day each week from school, are missing out on 20% of their education.
|Attendance during one school year||Equates to days absent||Which is approximately this many weeks absent||Which means this number of lessons missed|
|95%||9 days||2 weeks||50 lessons|
|90%||19 days||4 weeks||100 lessons|
|85%||29 days||6 weeks||150 lessons|
|80%||38 days||8 weeks||200 lessons|
You may also find the documents below helpful for further information on absence, attendance and enforcement: