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Just received a letter informing (threatening?) possibility of referral to educational welfare service re: attendance - AIBU?

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iscott17 Thu 30-Nov-17 17:42:33

Just received a letter informing (threatening) 'possible referral to educational welfare service' - DS attendance was '94.39' - 'below school attendance target of 96+%' (Sept til now).

Part of this was due to SCHOOL sending him home for mandatory 48 hours absence when he puked in lunch room.

Have requested a meeting with headteacher - tempted to go in all guns blazing, esp when checking school attendance policy on the school website which says 'letters will be sent to parents when attendance falls below 90%'. AIBU? Any suggestions/recommendations on how to deal with this (short of ripping headteacher's head off!)

SaucyJack Thu 30-Nov-17 17:45:10

I think you should ring the Daily Mail Hun.

DebbieFiderer Thu 30-Nov-17 17:45:37

Why would you rip the headteacher's gead off? It isn't their fault your child's attendance is low. These letters tend to be automatically generated and the head won't have much if any say in it. The EWO will probably just look in to it, see whether or not the absences were justified, and act accordingly. If they are alll legit then what's the problem?

Pengggwn Thu 30-Nov-17 17:45:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Floralnomad Thu 30-Nov-17 17:45:57

I would just ignore it .

HelenaDove Thu 30-Nov-17 17:46:02

I think you and quite a few others on here will find this an interesting read OP.

salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=4233

FlexTimeCheekyFucker Thu 30-Nov-17 17:46:27

No advice OP. You've got it all under control and your approach is guaranteed to lead to a positive outcome.

chickenowner Thu 30-Nov-17 17:47:13

FlexTime

grin

Julie8008 Thu 30-Nov-17 17:47:47

So there was 2 days off sick. How many days were they absent in total and how many where they in school?

WorraLiberty Thu 30-Nov-17 17:49:29

Log it with 101 NOW!

TabbyMumz Thu 30-Nov-17 17:50:08

94 per cent is more than 48 hours off for a bug.

Sirzy Thu 30-Nov-17 17:50:30

94% attendance is low and even in the first term it is more than 48 hours off school.

These letters are generally automated ones, if you have concerns talk to the School sensibly about it. Don’t go in all guns blazing as that reallh wont help your cause

Paperdolly Thu 30-Nov-17 17:51:15

I would think the puking incident would be put down to authorized absence. Check there hadn't been a mistake made before throwing your toys out of the pram.

Welshrainbow Thu 30-Nov-17 17:51:56

Two days off at this point in the year when they've only had about 40 days possibly less if any training days would take attendance to below 95% as long as he doesn't have any more off for a while ignore letter. No need to go in all guns blazing for an automatically generated letter.

HRTpatch Thu 30-Nov-17 17:52:11

Another one of "those" parents

iscott17 Thu 30-Nov-17 17:52:53

Thanks for the feedback. Just really irritated that the school policy is 'letters for attendance below 90%' - nothing in policy about these letters for 'below 95%'. Will go in with level head next week.

Frequency Thu 30-Nov-17 17:54:11

I get them all the time. DD has seriously poor attendance. As long as you communicate with the school and LEA, you should, in theory, be fine.

One of the Ed Welfare Officers I encountered was an interfering shower of shite who couldn't do her job. The second one is lovely and is really helping DD.

AnyFucker Thu 30-Nov-17 17:54:34

Aggression will sort it. Do that.

chickenowner Thu 30-Nov-17 17:56:22

AnyFucker

another grin

You lot are making me laugh this evening!!

Julie8008 Thu 30-Nov-17 17:57:50

34 days in school, 2 days off sick + 0 days of unauthorised absence = 94% attendance and unreasonable to expect a letter.

184 days in school, 2 days off sick + 9 days of unauthorised absence = 94% attendance and very reasonable to expect a letter.

julietbat Thu 30-Nov-17 18:10:58

It will be an automatically generated letter to be sent when a child falls under the decided percentage (they've quite possibly not updated their website to reflect a recent change to policy). If your child has only missed two days because of the 48 hour rule then you honestly don't need to do anything.

Don't worry anymore about it and don't go and see the head about it. And I say that as a parent, teacher and governor.

formerbabe Thu 30-Nov-17 18:12:47

They send these out automatically I think. I got one because one of my DC had a lot of medical appointments.

Anasnake Thu 30-Nov-17 18:46:22

They're automatically generated. 'All guns blazing', 'rip the headteachers head off' ..... or maybe just grow up.hmm

TheWernethWife Thu 30-Nov-17 19:46:57

I understand that they are automatically generated but surely they are checked before they are sent out. If school has sent a pupil home for 48 hours then this should be on their record and can be verified.

TestingTestingWonTooFree Thu 30-Nov-17 19:49:07

It’s just not worth getting wound up about. I’d ignore it.

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