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Why good attendance matters

Regular school attendance is an important part of giving children the best possible start in life. The aim should be to attend 100% of the time.

Students who miss school frequently can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. Good attendance also shows potential employers that a young person is reliable.

Research suggests that students who attend school regularly could also be at less risk of getting involved in antisocial behaviour or crime. Below is a table showing how children’s percentage attendance equates to the amount of school time missed.

Attendance during one school year

Equivalent Days

Equivalent Sessions

Equivalent Weeks

Equivalent Lessons Missed


9 Days

18 Sessions

2 Weeks

54 Lessons


19 Days

38 Sessions

4 Weeks

114 Lessons


29 Days

58 Sessions

6 Weeks

174 Lessons


38 Days

72 Sessions

8 Weeks

228 Lessons


48 Days

96 Sessions

10 Weeks

288 Lessons


57 Days

114 Sessions

11.5 Weeks

342 Lessons


67 Days

134 Sessions

13.5 Weeks

402 Lessons

It is also important to arrive at school on time. If a child arrives late to school every day, their learning begins to suffer. Below is a graph showing how being late to school every day over a school year adds up to lost learning time over one academic year.