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Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by jumpingstar, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    Just procrastinating as that's what one does best the day before school - rather than actually getting ready for school.

    Just thought I would open up a little debate about what people in specialist provision think about attendance data?

    Also are you pushed in your settings to reach goalposts of 96% + if you have children with complex medical conditions? How realistic is that?

    Are the families of your children with additional needs sent letters regarding their attendance (even if it is low in relation to their needs) ?

    Also - I would like personally an attendance code that states "emotional and mental health" as severe anxiety is an illness but not recognised as one!

    All thoughts welcome - you may well disagree totally with my views on it all - it's very school political - I just find it interesting and frustrating!
  2. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    no need for this, the code already exists in 'I'. You are wrong to state that it is not recognised as an illness, it absolutely is, and schools are legally bound to do so.

    However, there is a difference between 'I'm anxious about school' and 'I have a medically recognised mental health condition'.

    If a suitably qualified medical professional is willing to write a letter stating that anxiety is causing school refusal then the school can code I.
    Rott Weiler and dunnocks like this.
  3. jumpingstar

    jumpingstar New commenter

    ooh great to know! luckily we aren't at school refusal stage ... YET for anyone. But it'll come!
  4. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    since when has that been a consideration for any educational target?

    its "I", exactly the same as any other illness
  5. 43Meadows

    43Meadows New commenter

    Hi. I work in Sen and we review attendance half termly. We only take action for attendance <90% and usually send a standard letter softly worded as a ‘heads up’ to let parents know so they can consider if a medical or dental appointment could be made for the school holidays or if their child has a morning appointment they bring them in for the afternoon session. If a pupil has had surgery or complications from a complex medical need we acknowledge that in the letter. If the child is a repeat low attendee at <80% we have a more strongly worded letter. A certificate of attendance is sent with each letter as some parents are unaware how single odd days of non attendance add up. In very rare cases the headteacher decides on no action, the reasons for that get documented on file.

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