Expectations

Attendance and Punctuality

At The George Eliot school we strive to provide the best learning environment for all pupils in order for all pupils to achieve beyond expected levels of progress. Consequently it is of fundamental importance that students meet the school attendance target of 95%. Lost hours of learning time can have a detrimental effect on learning and achievement. 

Here at The George Eliot school we pride ourselves on having high expectations as ourselves as professionals and of our pupils as learners. Consequently it is vital that pupils arrive to school on time; punctuality is a legal requirement. 

Your child deserves a rigorous education and all the opportunities that The George Eliot School has to offer. Coming to school every day is essential for your child’s academic and personal development. 

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

What are Parental Responsibilities? 

If your child is aged between 5 and 16, you must make sure he/she attends school regularly and stays in school. This is law. You can be taken to court for breaking this law (Section 444 of the Education Act 1996). 

Parents should ensure their children arrive at school on time, properly dressed and in a condition to learn. 

This means pupils should wear school uniform. They must have their books, pens, pencils, PE kit etc, and not be too tired, worried or hungry. Parents must also make sure that pupils complete homework on time and keep to school rules about behaviour. 

What can I do as a parent to support excellent attendance? 

  • Have a regular bedtime
  • Limit digital technology use – e.g. gaming, social media etc and finish at least one hour before bed
  • Ensure your child has their own alarm clock
  • Get their bag and all of their equipment and kit ready the night before
  • Establish routes to school in advance 

What is the role of the pupil? 

  • The Academy day starts at 8:45am when all pupils are expected to be in their designated area for period 1.
  • Pupils are expected to arrive on time for each period of the day (including registration)
  • Pupils arriving late will be marked as late in the register and the defined sanction will be applied 
  • Late to school is defined as any pupil arriving to school after 8:45am (Any pupil who is late to school should show their late slip to their class teacher so that a double sanction is not applied)
  • Late to lesson is defined as arriving to the classroom after the door has been closed by the class teacher

Why is good attendance important?

  • To avoid gaps in learning
  • To help achieve good exam results
  • To help with applications to sixth form, college or an apprenticeship 
  • To prevent further action from the school and/or the local authority 

What absences are not appropriate? 

  • To look after the house or other members of the family
  • To go shopping or visit relatives
  • For girls: because they are menstruating 
  • Because of waking up late
  • For family birthdays or outings 

What is a ‘Persistently Absent (PA)’ pupil?

A pupil is defined as ‘persistently absent’ when their attendance falls below 90%

What rewards are there for excellent attendance and exemplary punctuality?

All pupils in school with 100% attendance on their record (for the academic year) are placed in a raffle to have the chance of winning a prize at the end of each term. 

Regular attendance and punctuality assemblies take place throughout the year with pupils rewarded for their excellent attendance and punctuality to school.

What about a holiday or an extended leave of absence?

As you will all be aware, current attendance regulations stipulate a Principal may not grant a leave of absence during term - time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Under the Midland Academies Trust policy we are unable to grant any requests for leave of absence due to holiday. Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case - by - case basis and on its own merits. It is for the Principal to decide what she views as ‘exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant the leave to be granted.

If the leave is granted, the Principal is able to determine the number of school days a child can be absent for. 

The School can only consider leave of absence requests which are made by the ‘resident’ parent. Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in school on the dates set out in the application. 

If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the parent(s). Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued and not paid within the required timeframe as set out on the notice, the matter will be referred to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal proceedings under S444 Education Act 1996. 

Parents are asked to respect the new regulations under which the School must work and if there is a need to take a child out of school during term - time, an application or request must be made in advance and make clear how the circumstances are exceptional. 

What if absence is essential? 

If your child is unable to attend school, the parent/carer must inform the school Attendance Officer before 9am that day.  

If you are leaving a message to report a student absence please include their name, year or form group, reason for absence and expected length of absence. 

If you are unsure of the length of absence please inform the Attendance Office before 8:30am on each day of absence.  

To contact the Attendance Officer please use the details below: 

Attendance Officer: Mrs Amy Fox 

Email Address: amy.fox@MidlandAT.co.uk or attendance@george-eliot.warwickshire.sch.uk 

Telephone Number: 02476 744 000 Ext: 224 

What is an authorised absence? 

Parents and carers can explain absences but they cannot authorise them. Only the school can decide whether explanations about absences are acceptable and can be authorised.  

For all pupils whose absence is below 93%, the school will insist a doctor’s note or some form of medical evidence is provided. All other absences will be coded as ‘O’ and will not be authorised. 

What about absence for Dental/Medical treatment?

A pupil may have to be absent from school for medical or dental treatment. The school must be informed if during school time, but where possible appointments should be arranged after school.  

Please ensure that evidence is provided for appointments within school hours, staff will check this before allowing students to leave lessons. Alternatively, please inform the Attendance Officer and they will mark this accordingly on the register. 

If students are leaving school site for any reason they must sign out at reception. Reception staff will ensure that students have permission to be leaving school site before allowing them to sign out.

What if a pupil feels unwell during the school day?

If a pupil feels unwell during the school day they should inform their class teacher, the class teacher will then make an assessment of the child’s ability to stay in school. If there is a medical emergency a pastoral manager will be called for immediately. If a child is deemed too ill to stay in school, a decision will be made by their pastoral manager and the attendance officer, and parents will be informed. 

What if a pupil needs to take medication during the school day?

If a pupil needs to take medication in school, we advise that parents/carers inform the school via a telephone call or a letter and the school will make arrangements to safely store the medicine in school. 

What happens if a pupil misses too much school?

Attendance Stages

Punctuality - What happens if pupils are late?

  • They will be at a disadvantage
  • They may miss important knowledge/content at the start of the lesson and interrupt learning.
  • The school day starts at 8.45am when all pupils are expected to be in their designated area for Period 1.
  • Pupils are expected to arrive on time for each period fo the day including registration and assemblies
  • Pupils arriving late with be marked late in the register and a consequence will be applied.
  • Late to school is defined as any pupil arriving after 8.45am.
  • Late to lesson is defined as arriving to the classroom after the classroom door has been closed by the class teacher.
  • Pupils who arrive at school after 8.45am will receive a 30 minute detention on the same day.

Homework

At The George Eliot School we have homework that focuses on recall of knowledge. We know that research about memory and learning shows that we learn what we think about. We know that we lose new learning if we don’t practice recalling it. We use quizzes, in class and at home, to ensure we develop the retrieval strength of new knowledge. 

 

Homework at The George Eliot School

  • Homework assignments are set on Microsoft Teams by the class teacher
  • We also use subject platforms for completing homework assignments including Hegarty Maths and Educake. The assignment on Microsoft teams will link to the site the pupils need to use for their homework.
  • Homework set using forms are usual ten quiz questions. Answers can be found in the knowledge organiser.
  • All homework is set on Monday morning and is due the following Monday.
  • A Learning Catch Up (LCU) will be given for any pupil who does not complete their homework. LCUs are 30 minutes at the end of the school day. LCUs are about supporting pupils to build routines, revision skills and encourage independent learning. The retrieval practice approach is designed to support pupils with the new demanding GCSEs which rely heavily on the recall of key information.
  • The class teacher, the Directors of Learning, the form teacher and SLT will monitor pupil progress.

Homework by subject

English Vocabulary using Frayer models and quizzes on Microsoft Forms – every week
MFL Seneca and quizzes on Microsoft Forms - every week
Maths Hegarty - every week
Computer Science Quizzes on Forms - every week
Science Educake - every week
History Quizzes on Microsoft Forms  - every week
Geography Educake - every week
RE Quizzes on Microsoft Forms – every week
PE Quizzes on Microsoft Forms -  three week cycle
Music Quizzes on Microsoft Forms -  three week cycle
Drama Quizzes on Microsoft Forms  - three week cycle
Art Homework booklet containing quizzes and drawing - every week
DT Quizzes on Microsoft Forms - every week
Food Quizzes on Microsoft Forms - every week

Homework in Years 10 and 11

In Years 10 and 11 pupils will have homework as they have always done but in addition to this they will also have subject specific work which may include:

• Portfolio work

• Exam style written questions

• Exam papers

• GCSE Pod

• Further reading on topics

We reward and celebrate with all pupils who do complete this homework and develop good routines in preparation for their GCSEs.  

How home can help with Homework

During the first week all pupils will be given their new email address which ends @StuMidlandAt.co.uk. All pupils have a school email and a Microsoft 365 account. In addition to this all pupils have login details for Hegarty and Educake websites. 

Links to their emails, Microsoft 365 account, Hegarty and Educake are available on the school website. http://www.george-eliot.warwickshire.sch.uk/links

To support your child please can you check that they can find and access the following platforms from home.

  • School emails
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Hegarty Maths
  • Educake

Speak to your child about their quiz and support them by quizzing them over the week. (Remember the answers will be in their Knowledge Organisers.) 

Please encourage your child to feedback any concerns to their class teacher or Pastoral Lead. 

More information about revision and learning is available on the Learning and Revision page.

Hegarty Maths

Maths homework is set using Hegarty Maths instead of a quiz. The homework is set on Monday morning and due the following Monday.

 

The benefits of Hegarty Maths homework

1. Every single topic in school maths (850+) is explained in 10 minute video tutorials designed and delivered by, Mr Colin Hegarty.  Mr Hegarty is an-award winning teacher who won UK Teacher of the Year 2014 and was nominated in the top 10 teachers in the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.  

2. After every video, HegartyMaths, has an assessment with questions covering everything taught in the video so students can practise and ensure they understand the maths Mr Hegarty just presented.

3. HegartyMaths records everything your child ever does on the system (their progress and effort), reporting it back to the teacher and to the child so it’s clear what their strengths and weaknesses are and how hard they are working.

4. HegartyMaths allows a parent to see everything their child needs to learn and support them.  Often parents who may be unsure of the schools methods like to watch the videos along with their child and understand the techniques their child needs to know.

5. HegartyMaths, remembers all the child’s mistakes and gives them practice on their weaknesses so they can do impactful independent learning.  

 

Why do they have to watch the video?

1. Ensures your child will be successful: Watching the video will ensure your child will do well in the quiz and feel good about their homework and maths.  We don’t want your child to feel like they are on their own at home and the videos will give you the support they need to guarantee that they have a successful homework.

2. Helps improve their memory:   Copying down modelled examples helps your child remember their maths and get it into their long term memory.

3. Method marks:  Copying down modelled examples helps your child practise how to lay out their maths properly to help them get questions correct and get extra method marks in exams even when they make mistakes.

4. Good revision:  This is revision.  When revising pupils sometimes have to look over material they already know – that’s just as important as learning new things as making old learning solid helps prevent students from forgetting things

5. It is important as it helps your child be independent:  Doing maths at home with these good habits and methods will help your child become more independent and be able to learn on their own (a vital life lesson)