Working with the Education Welfare Service
Every Day Matters
Being reliable and punctually attending school is a valuable quality. A good standard of education is also essential to have good job prospects later in life.
Is your child anxious about school?
- Take any worries seriously
- Try not to seem anxious yourself
- Talk to the class teacher
- Be sympathetic but firm with your child
- Try to talk about school in a positive way
- Don't give in and let your child stay at home
Time Waits for No One
Time-keeping is important. School begins at 9.00a.m and it is important that your child arrives on time. Lateness makes things difficult for everyone...
- The lesson is disrupted
- It unsettles the rest of the class
- It makes the latecomer stand out
- It sets a poor example for later in life
- Your child should only miss school if medically unfit or due to a family bereavement.
- Try to arrange non-urgent appointments outside school hours
- At the end of every month your child's % attendance is printed out
- A copy of this goes to the EDUCATION WELFARE OFFICER
- If your child falls below 85% attendance, you will receive a letter from school
- Regular periods of absence may mean you will be contacted by the school or have a visit from a Welfare Officer.
What can you do to help your child?
- Be sympathetic but firm to your child about going to school
- Ensure your child brings a letter written by you if they are absent
- In term-time, don't take holidays
- Non-urgent medical/dental appointments should be made outside of school hours
- Get your child to school on time
- Telephone the school if your child is sick
- Rest is essential for children to perform well at school
- Use positive words to talk about school
- Ensure homework’s are completed
What is your child's attendance?
85% That’s 28 days absent or 5 school weeks and 3 days
75% That’s 47 days absent or 9 school weeks and 2 days
50% That's 94 days absent or 18 school weeks and 4 days
If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance
Contact the Principal
Mrs A. Gourley
Victoria Park Primary School
Education Welfare Officer
Mr F. Wallace – BELB