The guidance is based on expert advice and the following non-statutory guidance:
- Working together to improve school attendance - you can read our summary here
- Summary of responsibilities where a mental health issue is affecting attendance
- Ofsted’s report on securing good attendance.
Start by having a 'quiet word' with parents and carers
Approach parents/carers personally to initiate a conversation about attendance. It's best to do this as soon as you notice issues around attendance, especially if a pupil is worried about coming to school.
They’re more likely to respond positively to an informal chat than an official letter home, which might feel like a telling off. It will also help build a more trusting, open relationship.
This might be face-to-face before or after school, or over the phone. Remember to:
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