Attendance

The intent, implementation and impact of our attendance

Intent

East Dene Primary School is committed to the continuous raising of achievement of all our students. Regular attendance is essential if our students are to be successful and benefit from the opportunities offered to them.

Good attendance is fundamental a successful and fulfilling school experience. We actively promote 100% attendance for all our students and we use a variety of weekly, termly and annual rewards to promote good attendance and punctuality.

The Governors and Staff in partnership with parents/carers have a duty to promote full attendance and our school will give a high priority to conveying to parents and students the importance of regular and punctual attendance.

We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and there is a need to establish strong home-school links and communication systems that can be used whenever there is concern about attendance. If there are problems which affect a pupil’s attendance we will strive, in partnership with parents and students, to resolve those problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will adopt a clearly focused but sympathetic approach, aimed at returning students to full attendance at all times.

Implementation

At East Dene Primary School, we offer a safe and supportive environment, which welcomes children regardless of race, gender or ability.  We foster a climate where the school community, teachers, parents/carers, governors and pupils value attendance and punctuality. There will be clear and effective procedures in place complying with legal requirements. Parents/carers will be informed about their child’s attendance through established procedures.  We will offer a broad and balanced curriculum that is dependent upon and encourages regular attendance at school.  Our attendance officer will have first day contact with parents when a pupil fails to attend school without providing good reason. we will also take prompt action on any problems notified.  Parents will be encouraged to make contact with the school to discuss any issues impacting on their child’s attendance.

We will give classes with 100% attendance £10:00 each week, this will be displayed on our attendance board, put on twitter and our facebook page for parents to see. This will also be announced at Monday afternoon’s assembly.  Termly and annual rewards for children with 100%, including certificates, non-uniform, the class with the least number of lates will also have a non-uniform day.

Impact

 Over the last 3 years with all our strategies in place we have seen an increase in our attendance and a decline in our persistent absence data.  We are on an upward projection, and need to keep these high expectations around attendance up, to ensure that we meet our school target of 96%

Years 1-6

Academic Year Overalll Attendance Persistent Absence
2018-2019 95.5% 21
2017-2018 95% 27
2016-2017 94.7% 39

Over the last 3 years we have seen an increase in EAL, Free School Meals and EHCP groups around attendance. Boys and Pupil Premium have shown an increase from 2017 to2018 but stayed the same from 2016 to 2017.  The only groups that has shown a decline are the girls and the Sen support plan.

Attendance Breakdown of disadvantaged groups

2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017
EAL 96.6% 95.3% 94.7%
Free School Meals 94.5% 94.4% 94.1%
Boys 95.1% 94.9% 94.9%
Girls 95% 95.1% 94.4%
Pupil Premium 95.1% 94.8% 94.8%
EHCP 94.4% 93.7% 89.7%
Sen Support Plan 94.7% 95.4% 94.9%

Research shows that pupils who attend school regularly are more likely to do well in the future.  Regular attendance helps children to develop their confidence and to make and keep lasting friendships.  At East Dene we promote positive relationships, with peers and staff, and this is reflected with children who have good attendance.

Attending School

Attending School – Information for Parents 2019 – 2020