The guidance in this article comes from our expert Nina Siddall-Ward, and Ofsted’s report on securing good attendance.
The DfE has published new non-statutory guidance on improving school attendance that applies from September 2022. Read the summary of updates.
Start by having a 'quiet word' with parents
Approach parents personally to initiate a conversation about attendance. They’re more likely to respond positively if they get the chance to talk to you in an informal way.
It will also help build a more trusting, open relationship.
If the first contact about attendance is an official letter home, parents might view it as a telling off and be less likely to want to talk to you about any concerns or problems.
Pick the right member of staff to have the conversation
Identify someone who has a good relationship