School attendance for a brighter future




Your child’s education is very important. Regular school attendance will help them fulfill their potential and ensure they have a brighter future.

We all want the best for our children. Going to school every day will help your child learn, develop and achieve. It will build confidence, friendship and ambition.

The more your child gets to school the more likely they are to succeed at exams and at life.

Going to school every day means:

  • Having lots of fun
  • Making friends
  • Taking part in activities
  • Learning through play
  • Building lasting relationships
  • Better exam results

Help us to help your child by making sure they get to school regularly and on time.

If you are concerned about your child’s attendance please contact your school.

Remember, for a brighter future, every day at school counts!

What to do if you are worried about your child’s school attendance?

Talking to their school is the best place to start. Don't be afraid to get to know your child's teachers and head teacher - sharing problems is the first step to solving them.

Your school will have an attendance policy available from the school or on their website. It will often identify who is the right person to talk to. Also see, the school attendance and the law section

Tips for good school attendance

  • Good habits start early in life, so even before your child starts school, establish good routines, such as reading before bedtime and going to bed on time
  • If your child is off school, you must let the school know why and tell them when they can expect your child back
  • It can be difficult, but try to make all appointments for the doctor, dentist, optician etc after school hours or during the school holidays where possible
  • Take an active interest in your child’s school work and offer support with homework
  • Attend parents evenings to discuss your child’s progress.
  • Make sure your child understands the benefits of regular attendance at school
  • Don’t let your child stay off school for a minor ailment
  • Take all holidays during the school holiday periods

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Page last updated: 
2 September 2014
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