Under the Education Act 1996, the Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure children and young people receive full-time, efficient education, which is suitable to their age, aptitude and ability and any special needs they may have. This can usually be achieved through high attendance at school.
South Gloucestershire Council traded Education Welfare Service can support schools to increase and sustain positive school attendance. It can do this through working with schools, children and families, linking with other agencies including the Family Intervention Support Service (FISS), Youth Intervention Support Service (YISS), health professionals and if necessary, the non-attendance legal process.
If you have any concerns about the attendance of a student or questions about attendance data and strategies to improve school attendance that you would like to discuss with an Education Welfare Officer please contact either Christine Dadd (01454 863390) or Amanda Roberts (01454 863388) in South Gloucestershire Council's Traded Education Welfare Service. They can offer advice and support to schools, from analysis of data to home visits. Various levels of subscription are available to suit the needs of individual schools and Christine or Amanda will be happy to discuss this with you.