A Parent & Carer’s Guide to School Attendance

Being at school is a very important part of any child’s life. It enables them to learn, to make friends, to gain important knowledge and to develop a variety of skills which will prepare them for adult life. School and parent/carers are partners in making this a success. As parents or carers it is your legal responsibility to make sure that your child makes the most of this opportunity by attending regularly and aiming for at least 95% attendance.

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Excellent Attendance

· 100% = 0 days learning missed

Good Attendance

This is the expected level of absence that should be aimed for.

· 98% = 4 days learning missed

· 97% = 6 days learning missed

· 96% = 7.5  days learning missed

Cause for Concern

· 95% =  9.5 days learning missed

· 94% = 11 days learning missed

· 93% = 13 days learning missed

· 92% = 15 days learning missed

· 91% = 17 days learning missed

Unsatisfactory Attendance

· 90% = 19  days of learning missed

At this level of absence your child will be classed as a persistent absentee.

Critical Attendance

· 85% = 28.5 days of learning missed

· 80% = 38 days of learning missed

At this level of absence the Education Welfare Service will be involved.