……. That if a pupil misses eight days in a school term, by the end of primary school they will have missed nearly a year of education?
Making sense of attendance figures
90% attendance = ½ day missed every week.
1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed.
10 years at school at 90% attendance = a whole year of school missed.
Getting to school on time
5 minutes late every day = 3 days lost each year.
The majority of lessons these days form part of a sequence of lessons, which sometimes flow over a week. Therefore, if a child misses part of this sequence it can be very difficult to catch up and fully grasp the learning. Every lesson counts and supports children in making excellent progress.
Adults in school are caring and supportive and would alert you straight away if a child was unwell. Sometimes it is worth sending them in, as very often they perk up and soon get engrossed in what they are doing in school.