Every Day Counts for School Attendance17/11/15
Dundee families are being advised that ‘Every Day Counts’ for the education of their children as a new campaign gets underway to help improve attendance at city schools.
A leaflet is being distributed to the parents and guardians of all pupils asking them to assist in efforts to achieve better classroom attendance.
Education convener Councillor Stewart Hunter will visited Craigowl Primary on Tuesday (November 17) to launch the initiative and speak to pupils, parents and school staff about the issues.
Councillor Hunter explained: “We are opening a dialogue with parents about attendance because it is one of the most crucial issues that we face in the city.
“We are absolutely determined to close the attainment gap across Dundee and we want to encourage our pupils to make the most of their time at school as possible.
“Everyone connected with education in Dundee is ambitious for our young people, so that they can succeed and go on to positive destinations when they leave school.
“We are clearly setting out the city’s attendance levels in the leaflet while also letting people know exactly how many days are lost each year in both primary and secondary schools.
“Apart from the impact on a pupil’s education, there is also the danger that children not attending school are putting themselves at risk in our communities. This is something that we want to stop.”
The leaflet outlines how families can work with schools to help improve attendance and also what schools at the Children and Families service can do to assist them.
Absence procedures are also highlighted.
Councillor Hunter added: “Our aim is to work together with families, to support and encourage them.
“Attendance and timekeeping are important life skills that will benefit children as they grow and take on new opportunities.
“This campaign asks for people to really think what is in the best interests of a child. Put simply, if they are not in school then they will not be learning.”