Primary School

Tips for Improving Attendance

Give your child the best opportunities and the best start

Get them to school on time – every day!


Because children who miss lessons don’t do as well as they could – it’s that simple!

‘But they can catch up!’


Lots of research has shown that by missing lessons, children fall behind and lose confidence with subjects.

Lessons missed are NOT repeated.

‘But they can have some extra time off for holidays or trips abroad’


Schools are likely to say that holidays are NOT allowed in term time. Children have 175 days off every year for trips and holidays.

‘What happens if my child is out of school without the headteacher’s agreement?’

You could be taken to court or given a penalty notice.

Your child loses opportunities to learn and get ahead and he or she is likely to achieve less than their friends, which could make them feel left behind!

Parent’s Role

As a parent, you have responsibility to:

Make sure your child receives an education by making sure your child attends school every day it is open.

Willington’s Top Tips!

  • Make doctors or other appointments out of school time.
  • Take an interest in your child’s school work, ask them about their day and praise them when they are doing well.
  • Tell the school when your child will be absent by calling the school on the first day of absence.
  • If you are worried or your child has problems at school, contact us to arrange a meeting.
  • Help your child to catch up on any missed work as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your child understands you do not approve of them missing school.
  • If your child makes excuses to try and get out of going to school, take time to listen to them; there might be an underlying problem.

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