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Is Your Child in School Today?
Every child or young person is entitled to an education. Parents who do not ensure their children receive an appropriate education put their whole future at risk. Being absent from school means a lost learning opportunity.
In particular every day at The Linden Centre is an important day for your child so they can be supported in developing strategies to be successful back in mainstream school or within their journey of preferred destination. If your child is in school one day but attendance is not consistent sadly this does not help your child to build on their success from the day previously. This makes it very difficult to have a consistent approach with your child.
If a pattern of non-attendance or inconsistent attendance occurs your child is unlikely to learn the skills they require to support them with a successful transition to mainstream school or next step in their education. It may be that your child will remain longer in the PRU than the anticipated 12 weeks so that they can be successful in their transition.
As a school, we follow the Local Authority policy for attendance. This is in line with National Policy.
All children of compulsory school age are required to receive an education.
As parents/carers you are responsible for ensuring your child receives an education. You risk criminal prosecution if your child fails to attend regularly, and punctually, at the school where s/he is registered.
Prosecutions may result in fines of up to £2,500 and / or the possibility of a three months imprisonment. Courts may at their discretion impose a parenting order or direct the LEA to apply for an Education Supervision Order which puts a child of compulsory school age, who is not being properly educated under Local Education Authority supervision.
Regular attendance including punctuality helps your child become reliable and organised. These are two qualities that will support your child throughout life and ones that are valued by employers when they get older and seek a job.
The Linden Centre is responsible for keeping accurate records of attendance. We will contact you with any concerns we have regarding your child′s attendance. Telford and Wrekin Council works closely with school staff, parents, and when necessary, other agencies to help you and your child overcome any attendance problems.
Authorised or Unauthorised Absences
Absences can only be authorised by your child's school.
Genuine reasons for absence include the following:
Medical or dental appointments
Days of religious observance
Exceptional family circumstances e.g. bereavement
The following absences will not be authorised by your child's school:
Looking after the house
Looking after brothers and sisters or sick relatives
Communicating with The Linden Centre
If your child is absent you must contact us the same day with the reason for the absence.
We will inform you if your child’s absence or lateness causes concern and will work with you to find a way of improving your child’s attendance. It is advisable (where possible) to keep medical notes / appointment letters as evidence for any absence.
If you do not communicate your child’s absence, it will be marked as an unauthorised absence.