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5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice

Going to school regularly is important for your child’s future. Parents are responsible for making sure their children receive full-time education. At St Dunstan's School we strive to achieve the national expectations for attendance and to reduce the number of pupils who are persistently absent.

To support families to improve attendance and provide our children with the best possible chance of succeeding, we will continue to follow the 5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice framework. The Foundations' framework is completely child-centred to ensure we understand how to support any identified attendance concerns within the school.

The Foundations' approach will ensure St Dunstan's School reports information to parents using a day’s approach rather than a percentage.  This approach aims to clarify expectations and communicate more effectively with parents regarding absences from school. 

The process attendance table (below) identifies the level of support a child will receive to prevent further school absences. This approach will allow the response to be proportional to days lost over the full school year and will allow the school to ensure any support is provided proactively and early.  

St Dunstan's Catholic School is obliged to follow the most recent DFE guidance, ‘Working Together to Improve School Attendance,' which is in place from September 2022.  For further information regarding the 5 Foundations Attendance framework or DFE guidance, please refer to the attendance page on the school website.

Should you require any further information, please get in touch with the school office.