Attendance Update

attendanceFrom the 4th September 2013 we will be introducing a new Attendance and Punctuality Policy.  Children should attend school every day so that they make the most of the education available to them. We understand that there may be occasions when a child is unwell and is not able to come in to school, but this should be kept to a minimum.

We will be offering prizes for those children, and parents, with good attendance and punctuality each term. Each term we will offer a prize draw for a brand new scooter for those children whose attendance is 96% or above and has not been late on more than one occasion that term. We will also offer a prize draw for a Sainsbury’s voucher for the parent(s) or carer(s) of a child with good attendance and punctuality.

From September we will not authorise any leave during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

For more information go to our Attendance Pages on the Parent Tab above.

Attendance

Susan Papas View All →

Executive Headteacher

8 Comments Leave a comment

  1. How lovely to see efforts being made by the new school leader to develop strong parent-school relationships at last. This is very helpful to working parents. Thank you!

  2. As working parents, in order to support our child’s learning, we would love to be able to attend curriculum and information sessions. We hope that these will be available outside of school hours. Thank you.

  3. Having now had a little time to digest more of the school’s blog, I would like to raise the issue of school attendance, particularly in respect of the proposal to reward it.
    As this`is a blog, I would encourage positive and constructive comment from more than just school representatives. I would be interested to hear from those that feel they are in a similar position, regardless of circumstances.

    But firstly, it is important to say, of course it is right and I absolutely agree that it is fundamental to the child’s learning development to attend school. For children who are able to achieve this and also their supporting parents, the prospect of non attendance is completely unacceptable. Hence I tend to agree fully with the schools comments to tackle the issue as above.

    However, where does this leave one, when their child in question is not able to attend school for no fault of their own or their parents?

    The school states: ‘We understand that there may be occasions when a child is unwell’.
    In the case of my own, it is not a fact that the child is unwell, but rather has a number of life term medical conditions preventing regular attendance.

    The schools states: ‘We will be offering prizes for those children, and parents, with good attendance and punctuality’. I consider this completely naive and insulting. How do you feel this impacts on the child who knows full well that he or she will probably never attain this prize? And before I am accused of negativity here, I wouldn’t have purpose to comment on this matter if I didn’t feel I had to.

    You know yourself that it’s probable, a vast number of children who attend the school read this blog, which exasperates me further to think a child who may be less able, can read this his or herself. You even go onto describe the prize – ‘Each term we will offer a prize draw for a brand new scooter for those children whose attendance is 96% or above’. How do you think this feels to a child who would almost certainly love to be presented with a brand new scooter from the school for good attendance.

    As for your comments on lateness, ‘and has not been late on more than one occasion that term’, regardless of the child in question, have you ever considered how this impacts on his or her siblings and that they are now subject to the impact that can arise without notice!

    I recognise that an able child and his or her parents still require to place effort into achieving the level of attendance to get the prize. Clearly you have not considered for a moment, the immense effort required by a less able child and his parents to achieve only half of what you require. YOU HAVE NO IDEA!

    As for your incentive to his or her parents who are told ‘ we also offer a prize draw for a Sainsbury’s voucher for the parent(s) or carer(s) of a child with good attendance and punctuality.’ ……I can honestly say my response to this would be unprintable.

    It is not just about attendance levels and figures – it is also about the health and welfare of the child and Selsdon Primary School seems to have forgotten this.

    Don’t get me started on other matters concerning special educational needs at the school………I’m assuming you will all want to comment yourselves on what has been experienced since the start of this autumn term.

    In support of our children that need it the most, many thanks for reading..

  4. Hello Gorag,

    As I explained when we spoke last week, adjustments can be made for pupils with additional needs. I completely understand your point of view and agree. Therefore, I suggest that when we meet to discuss your child’s needs, that an appropriate plan is put in place to support these needs, along with appropriate expectations about attendance. I have no wish to disadvantage any pupil, or parent, in challenging circumstances. Some pupils need additional support to make progress. In such circumstances, an appropriate programme of support can be put in place and the pupil’s progress will be measured against any targets agreed. This will serve the purpose of not putting any child at a disadvantage. Their target(s) will reflect their level of need and progress will be rewarded accordingly.

    I am slightly baffled by your comment about the Sainsbury’s voucher. In my experience many parents work hard to ensure that their child has excellent attendance and punctuality. So why not reward this? You may feel that a Sainsbury’s voucher does not have any value for you, but for many families struggling in difficult times, the gift of extra money towards the weekly shopping is extremely welcome.

    Again, having spoken to you about the SEN provision at the school since September, I am puzzled by your comments.

    I am happy to engage in discussion here about general issues relating to the school. This is not the place to raise personal issues, particularly as you yourself told me that you would rather discuss these matters with other professionals present.

    Therefore, in order to preserve confidentiality, and to respect your wishes about how we should discuss this, I will wait until we meet to explore this further.

    Best wishes

    Susan

  5. Thank you Susan, I welcome your positive response.

    Of course I realise it is essential to retain confidentiality, however, the whole purpose of a blog if used correctly is to promote communication and understanding. It is also a place to share difficult issues in general and gain opinion.

    I look forward to meeting with you and working towards a successful resolution.

    See you next month, if not before.

    Many thanks

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