Promoting Good Attendance

A parent or carer’s guide to good attendance

What are my responsibilities regarding my child’s school attendance?

As a parent or carer it is your responsibility to ensure that a child of compulsory school age attends school both regularly and punctually. The local authority has a duty to ensure that all parents and carers fulfil this responsibility. Doncaster Council s aim is for all children to achieve full attendance.

Why is it important for my child to attend school regularly?

Regular school attendance and good punctuality means your child can make the most of their education and will improve their choices and life chances in adult life.  It will also prepare them when they enter the world of work.
School helps children and young people with their social skills, making and maintaining friendships, building confidence and self esteem. If your child does not attend school regularly it could affect their attainment grades in exams, tests and assignments because of missed work.

How can I help my child attend school regularly?

Taking a positive interest in your child's education will encourage and promote regular school attendance.  Keep in touch with your child's school via planners, homework diaries or by speaking directly with their teachers attending parent's evenings and other school events.

Can I get help if my child is not attending school regularly?

You should always contact the school first to discuss your concerns. They should be able to offer support and advice. If your school is unable to resolve the issues it may suggest you contact the Attendance and Pupil Welfare Service for further advice and guidance.

What will happen if my child does not attend school regularly?

The school will contact you if they are concerned about your child’s attendance to offer any support that may be required.  A referral could be made to the Attendance and Pupil Welfare Service if attendance continues to be a concern. 

Doncaster Council will use legislation to enforce attendance at school where parents do not fulfil their duty to ensure their children attend school regularly.  This could mean a parent or carer enters into the Local Authority Enforcement Procedure, which may lead to prosecution in the Magistrates Court.  A parent or carer could receive a Parenting Order, a Community Order, a Curfew Order and/or a fine up to £2500.

A parent or carer can also be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for any absence not authorised by the school, which includes taking a family holiday during term time.

Remember school gives your child a wide range of opportunities and experiences both academic and social allowing them to develop their interests and achieve their full potential.

Is my child not well enough to attend school?

If you have any concerns about your child’s well being, please discuss with the school in the first instance and contact your GP or health practitioner for medical advice.

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Last updated: 03 March 2021 09:42:26