The summer term is approaching, and with it comes GCSEs, leavers’ proms, hay fever and the age old question of study leave. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to ensure you can offer students what they need at this time.
The DfE released the first statistical data for 2015/16 school attendance in England. Although this should be treated with caution, as it does not include the summer term data, the headline statistics identify a pattern of continued improvement in school attendance both in the primary and secondary phases.
All too often it becomes a fall-back position for schools to write home about escalating concerns regarding attendance. Take a minute to question how this fosters positive engagement between parents and school, or how it empowers a family to break the cycle of persistent absenteeism and establish a good pattern of attendance?