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Research shows that pupils who attend school regularly achieve higher grades than those who do not. Also, for a looked after child, school can often be the only constant in their life.

The Virtual School, therefore, is committed to every Looked After Child receiving a full time education appropriate to their needs.

To help achieve this LACES has a full time Inclusion, Welfare and Education Officer who:

  • monitors the attendance of Looked After Children;

  • supports parents, carers and social workers in accessing appropriate educational provision for looked after children;

  • supports carers, pupils and schools in achieving regular school attendance;

  • offers support and advice to carers, social workers, schools and pupils on all aspects of school attendance.

If you have queries on any aspect of school attendance with looked after children please contact the Inclusion, Welfare and Education Officer on 01384 811759.

Did you Know?
  • 90% Attendance is equal to one session per week of absence.
  • 4 weeks missed every year over 5 secondary school years is equal to half a school year.
  • Research suggests that 17 days absence in one school year will result in a DROP of one GCSE Grade for all subjects taken.
    See more about the effects of absence and late arrival at school . . .
  • A two week holiday is a loss of 50 lessons and will result in an attendance level of 94%.

  • Since September 2013 head teachers are not allowed to grant leave of absence for a school holiday
    More about leave taken in term time …

Coming to school everyday on time matters!