We would like to introduce the schools Educational Welfare Officer – Mrs Hunter.
Mrs Hunter is well known to the children and visits classes and assemblies regularly. Mrs Hunter reminds children of the importance of regular school attendance.
The Education Welfare Officer constantly monitors the registers and will support and intervene where appropriate.
Our attendance target for 2017 – 2018 is 97%.
Here at the Howard School we aim to give your children the very best education possible.
Don't let your child miss out by poor attendance and lateness. It is essential that your child attends school on time every day. We ask parents and carers to work with us to ensure that children attend school regularly and punctually.
Their years at Primary School are the most important time to begin their learning. It is therefore important to understand that when your child has a full time place in Reception we expect them to attend every day. The children are marked on the school register as every other child in school.
We are very supportive and welcome parents to contact us if there is a problem. Please keep talking to us!
Being absent can seriously;
•Stop their progress and create gaps in their learning, plus every day absent from school is a day of lost learning,
•Affect your child's friendships, its harder for them to socialise and be part of a team,
•It's embarrassing for your child to walk into an already settled classroom and have to catch up,
•Bad habits are hard to break - we can cope with minor illnesses like coughs and colds and if ever there was problem, we would contact you as soon as possible.
In accordance with section 444(1) of the Education Act it is the parents' responsibilty to ensure their child receives both a regular and punctual education.
1.Children who attend Primary school regularly achieve more in the long term and are better able to make transition into jobs or further education. They learn at an early age about routine, boundaries and responsibility.
2.Lateness is disruptive to ALL children.
3.Holidays taken during term time will be unauthorised. We only authorise holidays that meet the criteria for exemptions.
4.For further information read the Attendance Policy.
Top Tips for Attendance
Routine is the Key to Success
At home, routine is the key to making simple changes for success.
Here is a simple 6 point plan to try with the family
1.Going to school unprepared can be a major worry for children - help them by checking school bags the night before, packing P.E. bags and keeping an eye on their homework.
2.Tired children aren't punctual and find it hard to learn, so ensure your child has a sensible bed time.
3.Help them get into a regular routine and set an alarm at the same time every morning.
4.Make time for breakfast or send them to breakfast club there will be no stop off at the shops where they can get side tracked on the way to school.
5.Children can become unsettled if they have to go into school late and without their friends.
6.Have a memory board at home for special trips activities to help remind you and help them remember to prepare for it.
Try to be strict on absences and show your child that attending school is a priority to you and key to their success