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Make every day count at school

by Guy Murphy

With the start of a new year and a new school term, children and families are being encouraged to achieve 100% school attendance, putting children in the best possible position to reach their potential.

Regular school attendance leads to opportunities to make life-long friends, engage in social activities as well as the benefits that come from having a good support network around you.

Regular school attendance should start at an early age and become part of our daily routine, but it’s never too late to make improvements and aim to achieve 100% attendance from today!

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.

Ensuring children get the very best start in life is a priority for Knowsley Council and that is why pupils are being reminded that #everydaycounts and that by achieving 100% school attendance, they can give themselves the best platform to succeed.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “With the disruption caused throughout the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that our children and young people attend school regularly.

“With a new year and a new school term, it’s the perfect time to make 100% attendance your new year’s resolution.

“As well as providing learning and development opportunities, school attendance also provides a great opportunity for children to socialise.

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

If you are a parent / carer and have concerns about your child’s school attendance and would like support, please speak to your school in the first instance.