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 school attendance guidance from the Department for Education (DfE), and refers to the DfE’s statutory guidance on school attendance parental responsibility measures. These documents are drawn from the following legislation setting out the legal powers and duties that govern school attendance:
This policy also refers to the DfE’s guidance on the school census, which explains the persistent absence threshold.
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.
Covid – 19
Whilst Covid-19 restrictions and guidance are in force, this policy should be read in conjunction with the Covid-19 attendance addendum (if a local/regional or national lock down) if enforced. The Link School will also refer to its outbreak management plan if there is an outbreak within school).
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.
Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 4EE
Tel: 0191 561 5777
Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA
Tel: 0191 561 4777