Schools have to record whether an absence is authorised or unauthorised in attendance registers and have to include your child s attendance record in his/her annual school report.
If you do not let the school know the reason for your child s absence it will be recorded as unauthorised and the school will investigate the absence and may involve the Education Welfare Service.
Some reasons given for absences, shopping during school hours for example, may be unacceptable to the school and these will also be recorded as unauthorised. If you need advice about authorised/unauthorised absences please contact your child's school or the Education Welfare Service on 01375 652569.
Parents should ensure that their children arrive at school on time to prevent disruption to their own learning and that of others. Pupil lateness will be followed up by the school with the parent/carer. Serious lateness after the register has closed, will be recorded as unauthorised absence and may be referred to the Education Welfare Officer who could recommend prosecution of the parent for failing to ensure regular attendance.
Children sometimes fail to attend school without the knowledge of their parents. Some truant for whole days, others register and then truant from lessons. For a few it can develop into a habit but with prompt action, understanding and care it can be prevented or cured.
There are several reasons why children truant:
When parents and schools work together the risks of truancy are much lower.