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Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.

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Attendance Strategy explained

Attendance Strategy explained

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As you will be aware, there has always been a clear correlation between excellent attendance and outcomes at the end of Year 11, but this has never been more prevalent than it is today.  The average student at Beckfoot Thornton has missed over 140 days of in school teaching over the last two years because of lockdowns and periods of self-isolation.  Whilst this is not their fault, it is, nevertheless, a reality they must now face.  At Beckfoot Thornton we want every student to attend school every day.   

 

Excellent attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. Children who frequently miss school often fall behind. Research suggests that Pupils with no absence are 1.3 times more likely to achieve level 4 or above, and 3.1 times more likely to achieve level 5 or above, than pupils that missed 10-15% of all sessions. Pupils with no absence are 2.2 times more likely to achieve 5+ GCSEs grade 4 or above or equivalent including English and mathematics than pupils that missed 15-20% of KS4 lessons In addition, good attendance at school shows potential employers that a young person is reliable and is something requested when writing references.  

 

This year we have launched our Graduated Attendance Strategy. 

 

As well as closely monitoring those students whose attendance is not where it needs to be, we also want to celebrate fantastic attendance Our rewards scheme within school is designed to encourage students to attend every day, with different incentives for students that have excellent attendance. 

 

100% Attendance Challenge 

 

You will be aware that we launched our first 100% Attendance Challenge at the beginning of October All those students who achieve 100% attendance between Monday 4th October and Friday 17th December will be invited to our very first free funfair. We will hold two more 100% Attendance Challenges over the next two terms, both with access to our free funfair for students with 100% attendance during the challenge periods. 

 

100% Attendance Club 

 

We recognise that maintaining 100% attendance is a fantastic achievement and shows real perseverance and resilience on the student’s part We are delighted to reward such students by giving them a much deserved place in the 100% Attendance Club.  This prestigious club is for those students who maintain 100% attendance throughout the academic year Membership of this club entitles students to a range of rewards such as ‘jump the queue’, pop up events and celebration activities Students in this club will be given a membership badge after half term. 

 

97% Attendance Red Carpet Events 

 

Students with an attendance of over 97% will be invited to our termly red carpet events.  Students will be able to choose from activities such as pizza, movie, sporting activity. 

 

How can you help? 

 

Our focus on attendance means that we monitor the attendance of every child, every day, and every student is asked to record cumulative attendance in their student planner weekly. Please support this by checking and signing your child(ren)s’ planners every week. We also appreciate that there may be exceptional times when your child will sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues.  If this is the case, parents and carers should contact school on each day of absence to let them know the reason that their child is not in school If your child is off school for 5 days or more medical evidence will be required such as appointment cards, prescription medicines or notes from a pharmacist in lieu of a sick note in order to authorise the absence.   

From 1 September 2013, a change to government legislation means that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.  Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.  A penalty notice is a fine to parents or carers if they fail to ensure that their child/ren attend school regularly. Bradford Council is responsible for issuing penalty notices on behalf of schools in the city.  If a penalty notice is issued it is £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days. If the fine is not paid, parents will be reported for prosecution. 

 

All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law (section 444 of the 1996 Education Act) to attend school and it is the legal requirement of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so. It is very important that we work together on this to ensure that your child is in school so that they are able to do their very best. If we have concerns regarding a child’s attendance, we will contact parents/carers as per the Graduated Attendance Strategy to see what we can do to support you in ensuring your children attend school regularly.  Those students with an attendance of below 90% are classed as “persistently absent” and will be placed on an attendance contract to monitor their attendance at school. Students with an attendance of below 80% will have missed 37 days in a school year; this equates to 185 lessons and means that five years they will have missed one full year of education. This has a massive impact on how well they go on to do in Year 11, withonly 12% of pupils with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades 9 - 1 including English and Maths, compared to 68% for pupils with attendance greater than 95% If your child(ren)s’ attendance falls below 80%, you may be invited to a meeting with the Local Authority and prosecution may be considered. 

 

We want to support all our parents / carers in ensuring that their child attends school regularly and if you are experiencing any problems in getting your child to school, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Year or the Attendance Team.  Thank you for your continued support in ensuring that you child attends school every day. 

Excellent attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life. Children who frequently miss school often fall behind.  There is a strong link between school attendance and achieving good results.

Students with an attendance below 80% will have missed 37 days in a school year, this is 185 lessons.  Over five years this works out to be one full year of education missed.  Only 12% of pupils with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades 9 - 1 including English and Maths, compared to 68% for pupils with attendance greater than 95%.

Good attendance at school shows potential employers that a young person is reliable. Young people who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in, or be a victim of crime and anti-social behaviour.

At Beckfoot Thornton we want every student to attend school every day.  Our rewards scheme within school is designed to encourage students to attend every day, with different incentives for students that have attendance over 97% and 95%.  Students with attendance of below 95% will be unable to access our whole school rewards.

Our focus on attendance means that we monitor the attendance of every child, every day, and every student is asked to record cumulative attendance in their student planner weekly.  Every four weeks every student is placed on an attendance challenge, the challenge being to maintain high levels of attendance or improve attendance.  Those students with an attendance of below 90% fall into the persistent absence category and are placed on an attendance contract.

If we have concerns regarding a child’s attendance we will contact parents/carers to see what we can do to support them in ensuring their children attend school regularly.

All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law (section 444 of the 1996 Education Act) to attend school and it is the legal requirement of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.

Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues.  If this is the case, parents and carers should contact school on each day of absence to let them know the reason that their child is not in school.

If your child is off school for 5 days or more medical evidence will be required such as appointment cards, prescription medicines or notes from a pharmacist in lieu of a sick note in order to authorise the absence.


Term Time Holidays

From 1 September 2013, a change to government legislation means that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.

Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.

A penalty notice is a fine to parents or carers if they fail to ensure that their child/ren attend school regularly. Bradford Council is responsible for issuing penalty notices on behalf of schools in the city.

If a penalty notice is issued it is £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days. If the fine is not paid, parents will be reported for prosecution.