ATTENDANCE FOR LEARNING AT FAN
In order to get the most from their time at FAN, students must have excellent attendance.
Did you know that:
- Under 90% attendance, a child is classed as a Persistent Absentee and will have a huge impact on a child’s learning. Only 14% of students with an attendance of 90% or below will gain five 9-5 grades.
- 10 minutes late every day will mean that a child loses 33 hours of learning a year.
FAN believes that regular school attendance is the key to enabling students to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.
FAN values all students and we will work with families to identify the reasons for unsatisfactory attendance and try to resolve any difficulties.
HOW IS HIGH ATTENDANCE REWARDED AT FAN?
FAN recognises the importance of high attendance and we reward students on a half-termly basis for 100% and 95-99% attendance through the automatic issuing of electronic reward points. These reward points help contribute to a student’s overall total.
CAN I TAKE A HOLIDAY IN TERM TIME?
The Department for Education (DfE) makes it very clear that headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence, including term-time holidays unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any absence without this agreement will be classed as unauthorised and would go down on the student’s records.
Unauthorised absences of five or more consecutive days will lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice regardless of the student’s previous attendance record and could even lea to further prosecution.
If authorised, the Headteacher is also able to set a time limit on the leave of absence. Exceptional circumstances are described as unique or one-off events. They might include family emergencies, a sudden change in circumstances or a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Visits from family members or opportunities for discounted holidays will not constitute exceptional circumstances. Also, in taking any decision to authorise absence the headteacher will also take other factors into account such as a student’s attendance record.