As pupils across Knowsley head back to school after the summer break this week, we are being reminded of the importance of good school attendance all year round.
In fact, if you are a parent or pupil in Knowsley it’s time to get on the starting line for the new school year attendance race – if you aim for 100% you can attend, achieve and succeed this year!
School attendance has been improving in Knowsley – the autumn term in 2015 was the best attended in five years – and this campaign aims to increase the number of pupils with 100% attendance, which was also up 14% for the last academic year.
Getting to 100% attendance is possible – just ask 11-year-old Libby Peers who managed to complete her time at Yew Tree Community Primary school without a single day off! When asked why she thought good attendance was so important, Libby told us: “To allow us to learn more which will help us to do well in the future” – and it really is as simple as that!
To encourage pupils to maintain excellent school attendance, Knowsley Council’s Education Improvement Team are once again launching an attendance challenge – with gold, silver and bronze medals up for grabs. At the end of the summer term last year, 2,135 gold medals were awarded to pupils with 100% attendance – and this year the team hopes to give out even more.
And as well as medals there have been other high-profile benefits to pupils who have achived good school attendance – such as when many of them got a chance to meet Kirkby-born Hollywood actor Stephen Graham earlier this year.
Cllr Gary See, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services said, “Through our campaign, we can see that our message around school attendance is being received and acted upon. We hope to build on the success of last year’s campaign and award even more medals this year.
“My message is simple – attending school regularly is the most important thing you can do – it will help you to achieve your potential and help you succeed in later life.”
The council’s School Attendance Service will continue to work with schools across the borough, monitor attendance, offer advice and support and take action if absences persist.
For more information on how your child can improve their attendance, take a look at these handy tips.