The attendance target is promoted throughout the Academy. This is referred to during tutor time and assemblies. Students are able to identify the category they fall into and what they must do to improve. This is a key feature of ‘Monitoring Monday’ as part of the tutorial programme.
Persistent Absenteeism’ refers to those students who are absent from school for more the 10% of the time, which in turn means that their attendance is less than 90%. We work proactively to prevent students from falling into this category but on occasions this is unsuccessful. We have specific protocol in place when working with these students. This involves Pre Attendance Case Conference meetings with the student and their parents and setting clear targets over a period of time. The number of review periods is decided on a case by case basis and generally this approach is successful in leading the student out of the PA category. On the rare occasions that this is unsuccessful we progress the meetings to Attendance Case Conference and may work alongside the Local Authority to commence a prosecution process.