Attendance and welfare

We are working with all education settings to improve children and young people's attendance.

Attendance Strategy 2015-16

The Attendance Strategy 2015-16 is intended to provide the framework for continuous improvement in school attendance across all educational establishments in Sefton. Our strategy will draw skills and expertise from schools and partners in order to provide support for all Children and Young People. A copy of the Strategy can be found below.

E-Safety Strategy 2015-17

The E-Safety Strategy outlines Sefton’s ambition to keeping children and young people safe in a digital world and ensure the most vulnerable are protected from harm. Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and its partner agencies understand that rapid developments in technology and online behaviour present excellent opportunities, but also new risks and threats to children and young people of online abuse, child sexual exploitation, exposure to explicit material, theft of identity, grooming and cyber-bullying.

 

Legislation Changes for September 2013

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced important amendments to legislation surrounding absence in term time applying to pupils of statutory school age.

The law (from 1 September 2013) gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.

Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Headteacher's would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional. Parents can be fined by the local authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without the consent of the school.

It is important that parents understand that the initial fixed penalty notice of £60 is issued to each parent for each child. A two-parent family with two children would be fined £240. 

Please see below copies of the letter and documentation sent to schools. 

If you need advice or support, or want to ask a question about attendance and welfare in Sefton, please contact the Attendance and Welfare Service on 0151 934 3359 or by email.