The School Attendance Service specialise in direct work with families in partnership with schools, academies, clusters and educational settings to improve attendance and as a consequence enable attainment and achievement for children and young people. We are a skilled, qualified and experienced team with a proven track record for raising attendance at a whole school and individual pupil level. The service fulfils both the LA’s statutory and non-statutory functions in relation to compulsory school age children and young people. Where additional needs or barriers have been identified School Attendance Service will offer advice and support before pursuing legal action under section 444 Education Act 1996. Where children’s whereabouts are unknown e.g. stopped attending school, the attendance team have a statutory role in identifying and locating missing children – supporting the LA’s safeguarding duties.
"We have already noticed an improvement in attendance overall and with key families which I am looking forward to sharing with governors. Thank you for your support". (Head teacher WNW school)
"I was impressed by how quickly the team were able to respond to our request for support and the bespoke nature of the support which met our needs at this time. With a new attendance team in place, the day was hugely beneficial in clarifying what we could and should be doing to address our needs to manage and improve attendance. It has enabled us to produce a detailed attendance improvement action plan as an outcome. We were able to have a complete review of our procedures, clarify the legal position and to take advice on some casework. The day was followed up by the provision of key resources which we can utilise straight away". (Assistant Head Teacher WNW School)
"The 2.5 days Attendance Improvement Officer has regularly and actively supported and advised attendance contact across cluster schools to improve attendance. The cluster priorities attendance work including what the AIO interventions and as such has renewed the annual contract". (South Cluster Targeted Service Leader)
"Thank you again for taking the time to meet us, some helpful advice and extremely prompt follow up. It is a great help to me" (Deputy Head Teacher ENE school)