Attendance Policy

The Link School Approaches to Attendance


The Link School Attendance Policy aims to provide clear direction to staff and others about expected codes of behaviour in dealing with attendance.

This policy has been developed in accordance with the principles established by the DFE Guidance on Attendance (November 2013) and the School Attendance Parental Responsibility Measures (January 2015)

The policy aims to make explicit the School’s commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures. The purpose of the policy is, therefore, to ensure that attendance concerns and referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the student’s wellbeing. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Whole School Behaviour Policy and the Child Protection Policy.

Objectives of the Policy 

  • To work with each learner as an individual and improve their attendance by removing barriers to learning
  • To make the improvement of individual attendance a priority for all learners, parents/carers, staff and other stakeholders
  • To develop a systematic approach to gathering and analysing attendance related data
  • To further develop positive and consistent communication between home and school
  • To promote effective partnerships with the LA Attendance Team and other services and agencies to effective remove barriers to learning and promote good attendance
  • To recognise the needs of the individual learner when planning reintegration following significant periods of absence or an ingrained habit of low attendance at school

You can read our full Attendance Policy by downloading the PDF below.

  Attendance Policy – PDF


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