Your Child's Education is Important
Research shows that children who attend school regularly are
likely to be more successful. A pupil who misses a day of school a
week misses an equivalent of two whole years in their school life.
This obviously leads to gaps in their knowledge that become
difficult to fill.
A recent survey has indicated that more than 70% of children who
did not attend school regularly admitted to committing at least one
criminal offence. And half a day a week missed during years 10 and
11 can mean the loss of a grade for every GCSE taken.
Worcestershire County Council is focussed on improving overall
school attendance and reducing persistent absence through working
on initiatives in partnership with schools and other agencies. Our
aim is to raise awareness of the problems and solutions to parents
and carers, pupils, schools and communities/ local businesses.
Unacceptable reasons for absence would include:
- Shopping trips
- Birthday treats and trips out
- Looking after others at home (siblings or elderly family
- Non-urgent medical or dental appointments
Responsibilities of parents and carers regarding truancy
(unauthorised Absence from School)
The Education Act states that parents and carers must ensure
that their child of school age receives a suitable education. For
most children this is full time schooling.
Children registered at a school must attend regularly. Failure
to do so could lead to legal action being taken. Upon conviction
the maximum fine could be £2,500 and/or up to three months
Only the School can authorise an absence.
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This page was last reviewed 19 June 2013 at 15:09.
The page is next due for review 16 December 2014.