Students of all ages have many chances to participate and enjoy at Education 1st.
Information for parents/carers
Presence is crucial for students to get the most from their placement at Education 1st. Emotional well-being and academic success are undoubtedly linked to excellent attendance. In simple terms if a student is present every day, they have the best chance of success. Therefore we ask all parents/carers to do everything possible to ensure their child attends Education 1st punctually and in full accordance with their agreed timetable.
Early intervention and support are at the heart of our approach where there are attendance concerns. We always welcome the chance to communicate with parents and carers so we can work together to ensure improved attendance.
Education 1st provides attendance data to the commissioning body who will use it for attendance monitoring purposes.
Is my child well enough to attend school?
Many children/young people experience common ailments from time to time. Most illnesses do not need a prescription, are rarely serious and do not need time away from school. Early morning aches often pass so don’t keep your child at home “just in case”. If students feel unwell during the day we have experienced first aiders who will assess the situation.
Your contact details
Please make sure that your contact details held by Education 1st are accurate and up to date so that staff can contact you if your child is not well enough to stay on school.
If your child is unwell on a school day always telephone or text 07341 564377 as soon as possible with the specific reason as this needs to be logged on their attendance record.
We operate a first day calling system. If we are unsure as to why your child is absent this will result in unauthorised absence on their record.
Long term or regular absences for illness
If there are concerns about your child’s attendance we will discuss this with you and agree improvement targets. This will be followed up with you by the commissioning body as per their attendance policy.
Where possible please arrange doctor, dentist and optician appointments outside of school hours. If that is not possible your child should attend for the remainder of the day.
We assess and track progress in English and Maths and give all our students specific feedback as to how they can improve. We work closely with the home school/PRU to ensure data is transferred at the referral point, assessment points and at exit. We also assess our students reading, spelling, numeracy and special needs behaviour profile on entry so we have a clear starting point from which to measure.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Progress is tracked through a series of “can do” learning ladder statements for example:
Key Stage 3
Progress is currently tracked using National Curriculum Levels in line with age related expectations.
Key Stage 4
Progress is checked using GSCE, Entry Level or Vocational Qualification criteria
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Progress is checked with our SEMH target ladders and are monitored on a weekly/termly basis.