Why good attendance matters
Regular school attendance is an important part of giving children the best possible start in life. The aim should be to attend 100% of the time. Students who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in assessments.
Research suggests that students who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime.
Below is a table showing how children’s percentage attendance equates to the amount of school time missed. It is also important to arrive at school on time. If a child arrives late to school every day, their learning begins to suffer. Below is a table showing how being late to school every day over a school year adds up to lost learning time over one academic year.