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It is commonly believed that excellent attendance at school leads to the best educational outcomes for our children; the more they miss school, the lesser their chances of succeeding. We all want the best for our children and helping them get to school on time every day is one way you can make a big difference to your child.
Please see below a table of what is deemed as good attendance rates:
|100%||The target for everyone. Rewards available for pupils reaching this.|
|Over 97%||= 5 days absence (or less) in one year. Very good attendance.|
|Below 97%||Your child's chances of good grades are in danger. Support from Mrs Watts and class teachers is available if you are ill for long periods or have other reasons for days of absence from school. We can help.|
|Below 90%||= more than 4 school weeks off school. This is called 'Persistent Absence'. Your child's chance of good grades is negatively affected.|
96.1% is the Government expectation at the current time, so we are looking for ALL pupils to be in school 96.1% of the time at least. Come on TEAM SWAN...we can do it!
In school we track the attendance of vulnerable groups and work hard with our families to support them when attendance issues arise by working together. Working together is one of our school values. The Headteacher and Attendance Lead (Mrs Watts) share information with staff about patterns of attendance in our school, so that they can also support families in their classes.
Mrs Watts attends regular meetings about attendance in local networks, Nottinghamshire LEA and other schools to gather the best ideas for supporting our families and the latest information about attendance in schools and expectations for this. We like to keep up to date, because it helps us to help families and children.
Every Monday morning, Miss Hodgkinson and Mrs Watts lead an attendance assembly. This celebrates the attendance of each class and is used to incentivise good attendance.
An attendance trophy is presented to the class with the highest attendance and their photograph goes up on the attendance display in the school hall.
Each class attendance percentage is pinned in the right place on a rocket track each week in assembly, where we can see how close to 96.1% or beyond they are.
Each half term, the class with the most top percentages wins a tasty treat!
Mrs Watts is working on new attendance vouchers for September, which will reward 100% attendance per week in school. These vouchers will be for a non-uniform day of the child's choice (they may choose their birthday, or any other day to come in their own clothes), first in the dinner queue, computer time treat, dip in the lucky treat box. This will give a more immediate award to those managing good attendance.
In 2016-17, we had the Easter Egg challenge and the Ice Lolly challenge. Challenges are coming in 2017-18 too!
We also love to celebrate the 96.1% or more with certificates each term and also reward the 100% attendance pupils per term with a special badge prize. Autumn 100% was a bronze award, continued 100% attendance in Spring was a silver award. Each child achieving 100% attendance all year will receive a gold medal at the end of the Summer term!
GO FOR IT TEAM SWAN!
This was the challenge:
'Come every day in June and earn your ice lolly! You can do it! Take the Ice Lolly challenge!'
Well done to everyone achieving your ice lolly! There were 120 pupils who managed 100% for this time and were awarded their ice lolly. Well done! Watch out for the next challenge and new things to win with good attendance in the Autumn Term from Mrs Watts...
This was the challenge:
There are 30 school days next half term (the build up to Easter). If your child comes to school EVERY DAY, then Mrs Watts will award them an Easter Egg! Thank you to Friends of Lovers' Lane (PTA) for helping school to buy the Easter Eggs.
Well done to everyone achieving their easter egg! 130 children in school managed to get 100% attendance during this time, which is amazing! Well done! Watch out for future challenges.