Impact of missing school / lateness
By the end of the school year, your child's attendance or lateness will mean;
|Attendance||Number of days absent||Missed lessons of learning|
|Minutes late per day||Equivalent of missing|
|5 minutes||3.4 school days a year|
|10 minutes||6.9 school days a year|
|15 minutes||10.3 school days a year|
|20 minutes||13.8 school days a year|
|30 minutes||20.7 school days a year|
Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.
Once a child is registered in school, attendance is compulsory until the last Friday in June of the academic year in which the child turns 16 (Year 11). It is a parent's legal responsibility to ensure that their child, when of statutory school age, accesses education appropriate to age, needs and ability.
Under the terms of the education related provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, parent/carer(s) may be issued with a penalty notice of £60 if:
you fail to ensure that your child attends school, or other education provision regularly
you allow your child to take leave of absence in term time without a school’s authorisation
you fail to return your child to school on an agreed date after a leave of absence
your child is found out of school, without permission, on two Truancy Sweeps, within the same school year
your child persistently arrives late for school after the register is closed.
Family holidays and extended leave during term time
Amendments to the registration regulations, which came into force in September 2013, remove references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the threshold of ten school days.
The amendments make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Should a school not agree to grant leave and parents take their child on holiday regardless, this will be counted as unauthorised absence (truancy).
The school and the county attendance officer may consider issuing a penalty fine of £60.