Attendance is a key area of focus at Wansbeck Primary School.
There is a very strong correlation between children’s attendance at school and their academic achievement. Put simply the more a child attends school the better they do. We aim to support our community in ensuring children come to school every day. In supporting our children in coming to school daily we have an attendance team.
The attendance team is made up of an attendance officer and an Educational Welfare Officer from the local authority. In addition to this our emotional well-being team support families were attendance at school is below what is expected. Our engaging curriculum and vast array of opportunities also works to encourage children to want to be at school and have a thirst for learning.
Rewards System for Attendance
The classes are rewarded when their class has the highest overall attendance. Each week there is an attendance assembly and the classes with the highest attendance earn weekly attendance points.
At the end of term these are added up and the classes with the most attendance points get a prize. This could be a trip out of school or a party in the classroom. This is to develop a team within the classroom that support each other in encouraging each other to attend school.
We believe attendance is a parental responsibility. Young children cannot come to school if parents or carers don’t bring them or encourage them to attend. Due to this we reward the whole family if attendance is above 96%.
Every child whose attendance is above 96% are entered into a draw to win fantastic family prizes such as: A Christmas Hamper, vouchers for family trips such as the cinema or bowling and Asda vouchers.
What can parents and carers do to support good attendance?
Cause for concern
A child is classed as a persistent absentee if their attendance drops below 90%.
The Education Welfare Officer from the local authority will visit families where attendance is below 90% or there is a risk they will drop below 90%.
This will be to put a plan together to how attendance can improve. If attendance does not improve and children are off school for a number of unauthorised absences the school will refer this for further action.