Why Attendance Matters

why attendance at school matters

Missing lessons at school can have a big impact on not just how well you do that year. Attendance can have a huge influence on the number of qualifications and the type of results you get.

It’s one of the reasons why schools and the government place such importance on attendance at school and taking part if you’re at compulsory school age. Figures for the school year 2016-2017 show a 2% increase[1] in the number of students who missed one school session due to a family holiday.

Being absent for a single morning or afternoon doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the knock-on effect might surprise you. Even missing just 5% of school can have a negative impact with more than a quarter of those pupils failing to achieve five or more A* to Cs[2]. The outcomes for students missing more than 50% of school are even poorer with just 3% going on to earn five GCSEs at grades A* to C.

Missing school doesn’t just affect your results, it can also be disruptive to peers as teachers try to recap previous topics. It’s also good to remember that the penalties for unauthorised absence can be really severe with parents being fined and in extreme cases – prosecuted.

Of course, nobody can help being ill and taking the time to recover at home is equally important. But with these figures in mind, it’s worth thinking twice before missing school if you’re fit and well but just not in the mood.

If your school attendance is low and you have missed some school and feel like you won’t be able to catch up, then put your mind at rest. The Community Schools have a number of committed tutors all with classroom experience, so they know how to get you back to where you need to be with your studies.

We design sessions that cater for you as an individual so whether you join one of our small tutor groups or choose one to one tuition, we’ll always make sure that you’re supported in a way that suits your learning style.

We have experienced teachers who are subject specialists in: English, French, German, Spanish, Psychology, Maths, Science, and Computer Science. For more information about the areas we cover and how we can help you, fill out a contact form or call us on 07747 037441.

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/692406/SFR18_2018_absence_text.pdf

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-data-highlights-true-picture-of-school-absence