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 percentage 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.
Our Education Welfare Officer
In school we work closely with the Education Welfare Service within the Education Authority. Our dedicated Education Welfare Officer is Mrs Miriam Moore. You can contact her by telephoning 07970886263.
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
Mrs Miriam Moore