Is 93% Attendance Good Enough?
Normally, a mark of 93% in a test or examination would be considered very good, excellent, even. However, in attendance, it means missing just over one day every three weeks.
This can result in a child losing confidence and not understanding school work as well as they should, especially if the pattern is repeated over years.
Another way to look at 93% is to say that, over a school career of over 11 years, it is like missing just over three-quarters of a year.
The best approach for school attendance is to establish the expectation that children go to school every day, unless they are really poorly or there is a very compelling reason to be absent.
It is vital for us to set up good habits which will ensure that they succeed in their learning and are well-trained for the workplace. No employer would tolerate a worker having a day off every three weeks.
We appreciate that many parents work hard with their children to enable them to attend school at 95% or above, which is the Government's recommended norm for secondary age children and is our school target for 2011/12. To achieve 95% means having no more than one day off per month, or 10 days over a school year. There is clear evidence that for every 1% gained in attendance a student's academic results improve by more than 5%, so the improvement from 93% to 95% could mean a 10% improvement in your child's academic record and, as a result, life chances.