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Everyday counts – don’t play catch-up because of poor attendance

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council is encouraging all school children to aim for 100% school attendance and put themselves in the best position to reach their potential.

It is well documented that poor attendance can have a negative impact on school children’s learning, with poor attenders five times less likely to achieve 5 GCSE pass grades.

However, it is not just academic grades that poor attendance can impact. A child’s whole development can be impacted with school being important in social development.

By missing school, children and young people are forced to play catch up rather than enjoy their time learning, developing and growing.

That is why Knowsley Council is urging all school pupils to remember #everydaycounts and by hitting 100% attendance they can give themselves the best platform to succeed.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We all want our children and young people to succeed and achieve their potential. That is why we are encouraging parents, carers and pupils to aim for full attendance this academic year.

“Attending school provides the platform from which all pupils develop and make their way through life. Absence not only impacts on social and academic development in the short-term, but it can also impact on later life, such as job prospects.

“Let’s all work together to ensure we achieve high attendance in Knowsley schools and remind children and young people that #everydaycounts.”

Parents and carers are also being reminded that they have a responsibility to ensure their child has good attendance. Unauthorised absence can result in Fixed Penalty Notices being issued.