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Knowsley Attendance Strategy endorsed

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley’s Attendance Strategy was endorsed at tonight’s Cabinet meeting (Wednesday, 16 June 2021), supporting children and families to have the very best start in life through regular school attendance.

Many children have been significantly impacted over the last year due to the pandemic so its even more important than ever to ensure regular routines are established and regular school attendance is achieved.

The Attendance Strategy aims to encourage good attendance, whilst also addressing issues of persistent absenteeism – something that is well researched and shows that children who fail to attend school regular also fail to achieve in later life.

The Attendance Strategy builds on pre-pandemic successes and learning gained during lockdowns with a view to narrowing the gap between local and national attendance rates (11.3% absenteeism rate in Knowsley compared to 8.3% nationally).

The Strategy also highlights the important of issues being identified at an early stage so that appropriate support and interventions can be implemented quickly.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Regular school attendance is the best stepping stone for our children and young people. School years are the most important years of our lives. It not only helps our children to learn, develop and achieve, but it also provides social opportunities as well as highlighting reliability with potential future employers.

“Everyone has a part to play in ensuring our children and young people attend school regularly – children themselves, their parents / carers, school staff, as well as council and partner agency staff.

“As well as targeting poor attendance, it’s also really important that we celebrate good school attendance which is a key element in our Attendance Strategy.

“All residents and partner agencies are encouraged to support our Attendance Strategy and make every day count.”

The Knowsley Attendance Strategy will be implemented to coincide with the new academic term in September 2021.