Attendance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, schools will remain closed until further notice, except for the children of critical workers, and vulnerable children, who are encouraged to attend where it is appropriate to do so.
To reflect this, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the laws have been relaxed so that the parent of a child of compulsory school age is not guilty of an offence on account of the child’s failure to attend school regularly (section 444 of the Education Act 1996). This means that parents will not be penalised if their child does not attend school.
ATTENDANCE AT TIMBERLEY ACADEMY
You promote good attendance through newsletters to parents and rewards for pupils. You take prompt action to support families when their children’s attendance begins to fall. As a result of the actions you and your leaders have taken, overall attendance is improving.- Ofsted June 2018.
In 2016 and 2017, the school’s rate for persistent absence was significantly higher than the national rate. You identified the reasons for this and have worked closely with other professionals to support parents experiencing difficulties. This has been very effective at reducing the rate of persistent absence so that it is now in line with the national figure. - Ofsted June 2018.
As a school we aim to:
Good attendance is important because:
As a parent you can help us by: