Parents and carers encouraged to make sure all children attend school
Every day of learning lost has an impact later on
This week is back to school week and Oxfordshire County Council is highlighting national guidance and information on why regular school attendance has many benefits.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Youth Services, Liz Brighouse, acknowledged that whilst many children were looking forward to returning to school, some would be anxious about the return. She added that too many children were not attending on a regular basis – and every day of learning lost has an impact later on.
The Council highlights that parents and guardians have a legal duty to ensure their child gets a full-time education, usually achieved by going into school from the age of five to 16.
The Department for Education says that being around teachers and friends in a school or college environment is the best way for pupils to learn and reach their potential.
Amongst the benefits of attending school, children are kept safe and have access to extra-curricular opportunities.
Councillor Brighouse said: “Our schools are working hard to make every child feel included and for those that do feel anxious please talk to an adult at your school. I hope for the next academic year those who are looking forward to getting back to friends, the social life and learning join with those who feel anxious, to make school a great place for everyone.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam