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Importance of 100% school attendance

by Guy Murphy

As we start a new academic year, children and young people are encouraged to have 100% school attendance and make every day count.

Regular school attendance is not just about academic success and attainment. It will also give children and young people the very best start in life, providing opportunities to learn, develop and succeed.

By attending school regularly, children have access to a wide range of exciting opportunities to learn new skills, develop interests, meet new friends, enjoy new experiences and above all, achieve and succeed which helps all children build their confidence and self esteem.

Missing school could result in children falling behind and leaving gaps in their learning which could impact on their confidence, health and wellbeing. It also means that they miss out on opportunities to socialise, play and take advantage of after school clubs and other activities.

Having a good routine (regular bed-time and morning routine) is essential to support children and young people to get to school on time and helps to develop life skills which will be helpful in the future.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “With the start of a new academic year, there’s no better time to ensure your child regularly attends school every day.

“Let’s all work together to make every day count and support your child to achieve 100% school attendance.”

If you do have any concerns about your child’s school attendance, please speak to  their Teacher who can provide help and support.