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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

Overall Attendance

Persistent Absence

2020-2021
95.3%
26
2019-2020
94.7%
26
2018-2019
95.5%
21

Over the last 3 years, EAL attendance has hit the school twice, Free School Meals, Girls, Pupil Premium and SEN support plan have shown an increase. Boys and EHCP have declined from last school year.

Attendance Breakdown of disadvantaged groups

2020-2021

2019-2020

2018-2019

EAL

95.3%
96.1%
96.6%

Free School Meals

94.3%
93.3%
94.5%

Boys

94.9%
95.4%
94.9%

Girls

95.3%
94.1%
94.4%

Pupil Premium

94.6%
93.3%
94.8%

EHCP

84.9%
92.7%
89.7%

Sen Support Plan

95%
93.3%
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.

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Attending School – Information for Parents 2020 – 2021