I am really pleased that the children enjoyed Christmas and that they are happy to be back with us in school. They are all settled and working hard, which is always a good sign! That said, our ongoing problem continues to be attendance. We need to find even more ways to tackle this issue and the Education Welfare Officer from Northumberland County Council is working closely with us to support families falling below 95% attendance. We are still considering a Home Visit programme for children with low attendance but this would obviously take leaders time away from teaching and learning at the beginning of every day and is something I had hoped to avoid.
Please make an appointment to come and see us as soon as possible if you are aware that your child’s attendance is lower than it should be. I would always want to work in partnership with parents and carers wherever possible but one way or another, we need to do something about this ongoing issue. Thank-you for your support in this matter.