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Attendance

EXTENDED LEAVE or FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Dear Parents and Carers

I wish to share with you some of our school information regarding Extended Leave. Below is a table which shows how many pupils took extended leave and how many days of education were lost during the academic year 2014/15.

 

 

 All Extended Holidays

Extended Holidays of 10 or more days (20 or more sessions)

No of Children

79

18

No of families

54

11

No of school days lost

534

258

Years schooling lost

2 years 9 months and 10 days (based on 190 school days)

1 year 4 months and 4 days

 

I am sure that you are all as horrified as I am regarding the statistics above. This has a detrimental impact on our attendance figures and children’s learning, attainment and progress.

 

Autumn Term Only

 

 All Extended Holidays

Extended Holidays of 10 or more days

All Extended Holidays

Extended Holidays of 10 or more days (20 or more sessions)

 

Autumn 2014

Autumn 2014

Autumn 2015

Autumn 2015

No of Children

29

6

30

11

No of families

18

3

17

6

No of school days lost

202

92

215

142

Schooling lost

1 year and 12 days

5 months and 10 days

1 year 1 month and 9 days

8 months and 14 days

 

As you can see from the table above the Autumn Term for 2015 is worse when compared to the Autumn Term in 2014. This is extremely concerning given the emphasis we as a school are placing on attendance and is hindering our drive to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children.

 

What do the children miss in school if they are away for 2 weeks or 4 weeks?

Subject

2 weeks (10 days)

Extended Leave

4 weeks (20 days)

Extended Leave

Mathematics

2 topics and 10 lessons

4 topics and 20 lessons

English

Punctuation and Grammar

10 lessons

1 type of writing

Punctuation and Grammar

20 lessons

2 types of writing

Phonics

FS and KS1 – 10 new sounds

FS and KS1 – 20 new sounds

Guided Reading

4 Guided Reading sessions

Opportunity to read with an adult 10 times

8 Guided Reading sessions

Opportunity to read with an adult 20 times

Science

Key topic

Whole science topic

Learning Challenge Curriculum

2 key aspects in answer to the learning challenge questions

4 key aspects in answer to the learning challenge questions

PE

2 key skills

4 key skills

 

If your child takes extended leave it is very difficult for them to catch up on their learning as outlined above. This means that they may need to move groups so that their needs can be met and gaps filled.  It is very difficult for them to maintain their levels if they have missed so much particularly as new concepts continue to be taught each day.

If you are considering taking your child on extended leave please consider the table above. Do you want your child to miss so much and be left behind in their learning?

If you still wish your child to be taken out of school then you need to complete an ‘Extended Leave Request Form’ and you will be invited to a meeting with the Educational Welfare Officer and/or Ms Clarke (Head of School).

If you do take two weeks or more and your child’s attendance falls below 90% then they are classed as being a ‘Persistently Absent’ pupil and medical evidence is required for any further absences and a first warning letter may be issued by the LA. Your child’s attendance is then monitored for 4 weeks and if there is any other unauthorised absence during this time then it can result in a £60 or £100 fine. 

The table below shows an estimated cumulative absent sessions threshold for around 85 per cent and 90 per cent attendance.

 

85% or Below

90% or below

End of Autumn 1 (Oct)

10 or more sessions

7 or more sessions

End of Autumn 2 (December)

22 or more sessions

14 or more sessions

End of Spring 1 (Feb)

30 or more sessions

20 or more sessions

End of Spring 2 (March)

38 or more sessions

25 or more sessions

End of Summer 1 (May)

46 or more sessions

31 or more sessions

End of Summer 2 (full academic year)

56 or more sessions

38 or more sessions

It is important to note that 1 session is half a day therefore 2 sessions are equivalent to one day’s absence i.e. 10 sessions is equivalent to 5 days absence.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. Please do not hesitate to contact me or Ms Clarke if you require any additional information or clarification.

Yours sincerely

Michelle Johnstone

Executive Headteacher