All schools in the county have been briefed to ensure robust early intervention attendance management strategies are in place and asked to follow a Fast Track system of referral to the Local Authority where attendance fails to improve.
The Fast Track system is to improve pupil attendance which also seeks to act quickly where there is unauthorised absence. It is for all schools, academies and alternative providers. There are no specific timelines to follow, the process can be used at a time which is right for the individual case. However we can issue a Penalty Notice under the correct circumstances where there are at least 8 unauthorised absences over an 8 week period.
Schools will find below a range of advice and guidance to support the improvement of attendance and the reduction of persistent absence
- Department for Education guidance on school attendance
- School attendance and absence (Gov.UK)
- Supporting pupils with medical needs at school (Gov.UK)
- Medical Needs Guidance Cambridgeshire County Council
- NHS advice to parents on illness
- National Attendance data
- Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn 2018 and spring 2019
Referral for Term Time Leave
Any parent who takes a child out of school for term time leave for 6 consecutive sessions (3 days) or more, not authorised by the school (under exceptional circumstances rule), may receive a Penalty Notice.
Referral for unauthorised absence - request for the issue of a penalty notice or prosecution (not to be used for term-time leave)
To be used for:
- Fast track - at least 8 unauthorised sessions over an 8 school week period (minimum 80 sessions).
- 90% and below mostly unauthorised over a longer period (must be more than 8 school weeks).
- Unauthorised absence request for the issue of a penalty notice or prosecution online form
helpline telephone number (Mondays only): 01223 715682