I recently read a story, which quite frankly shocked me, both as a parent and an educational professional.
In brief an 11 year old was unable to join her friends for a special end-of-year treat for pupils who had a 100% attendance record. This child had missed one day to attend her mother’s funeral.
Please read her full story.
I have never been a fan of rewards for 100% attendance at school or work, be they certificates or treats, as this creates a culture of shaming those who haven’t achieved full attendance. There will be a variety of reasons for absence, for example a virus, a long term medical condition, or a sensitive personal issue. It is outright discrimination, creates divisions and can make some children feel under pressure to attend.
It can also lead to children becoming ‘people pleasers’. Yes, attending school is important, but children and parents should […]