Dated Sept 2012
The next date for review of this policy is ………September 2013
1.1 Regular attendance is essential if children are to achieve their full potential
1.2 Respect4us values all students. We will work with home schools and families to identify the reasons for poor attendance and try to resolve any difficulties
1.3 Respect4us recognises that our attendance policy should not be viewed in isolation and is supported by our policies on safeguarding, bullying and behaviour. The policy also takes into account the Human Rights Act 1998, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Race Relations Act 2000.
2. Legal framework
2.1 Section 7 of the 1996 Education Act states that parents must ensure that children of compulsory school age receive sufficient full time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude to any special educational need they may have, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise.
2.2 A child is of compulsory school age at the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday. A child ceases to be of compulsory school age on the last day of June of the school year in which they are sixteen.
2.3 Under the Education Act 1996, the local authority has a statutory responsibility to ensure that parents secure education for their children of compulsory school age and where necessary, use legal enforcement.
2.4 The Education (student registration) (England) Regulations 2006, require schools to take an attendance register twice a day, once at the start of the morning session and once at the start of the afternoon session. For Respect this is only once as students have breakfast and remain with the instructors for the rest of the day.
2.5 The register must record whether the student was:
• Unable to attend due to other circumstances
3. Categorising absence
3.1 Where students of compulsory school age are recorded absent, the register must show whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised
3.2 All absence will be treated as unauthorised unless a satisfactory explanation of the absence has been received
3.3 The home school of the student will make Respect4us aware of any authorised absence
3.4 Respect for us will inform the home school of any unauthorised absence
3.5 Religious observation: respect4us acknowledges the multi-faith nature of British society and recognises that on some occasions religious festivals may fall outside school holiday periods or weekends and this necessitates a consideration of authorised absence or special leave for religious observation
3.6 It is reasonable for a parent to allow their children not to attend Respect4us on any day of religious observation if recognised by the parent’s religious body
3.7 Unauthorised absence: Absence will not be authorised unless the home school has given permission for this to be the case
4. Roles and responsibilities
4.1 Respect4us will:
• Ensure that the importance and value of good attendance is promoted to students and their parents
• Form positive relationships with students and parents in order to support them
• Annually review the Attendance Policy and ensure that required resources are available to fully implement the policy
• Ensure that Registration Regulations, England, 2006 and other attendance related legislation is complied with
• Ensure that attendance data is reported to the home school on a weekly basis
• Clear systems to report, record and monitor all students attendance are in place
• Ensure that all staff are aware of the attendance policy and have adequate training to address attendance issues
• Analyse attendance data to identify causes and patterns of absence
4.2 Request that parents will:
• Take a positive role in their child’s attendance
• Contact the home school if their child is absent and to let them know the reason why
• Try to avoid unnecessary absence. Where possible make appointment for doctor and dentist outside of school hours
• Ask for help if their child id having difficulties
• Inform us of any change in circumstance that may impact on their child’s attendance
• Form positive relationships with Respect4us staff
• Encourage routine at home and support with organisational skills