Attendance Matters - Every Student - Every Day
Dorset County Council considers that school attendance is an integral part of raising pupil achievement. We are committed to an ongoing programme of support aimed at working in partnership with schools, young people, parents and a wide range of other agencies to improve school attendance, enabling children and young people to have the best chance to achieve their full potential.
From September 2017 the School Attendance Service will become part-traded but will continue to fulfil its statutory functions in relation to the education and compulsory attendance of school age children. This will include all legal action related to school attendance, including parental prosecutions, applying for education supervision orders and issuing penalty notices.
In addition to its statutory role, the service provides a team of staff who are experienced in working with schools to develop systems, procedures and interventions to improve attendance and reduce persistent absence as well as offering direct work with young people and families. The team advises schools and academies, as well as parents/carers and other professionals on legislation and all aspects of school attendance.