This represents the starting point of a review of the current Code of Conduct which was introduced in 2014.
A previous consultation was undertaken to review the initial Code of Conduct in 2016 and this review seeks to further refine the Code of Conduct given changes in school organisation and also with greater experience in managing the process.
Pembrokeshire County Council is giving consideration in that regard to amending its Code of Conduct which regulate the operation of Penalty Notices for Irregular School Attendance.
Some of the issues for consideration are set out below:-
Reflecting the change in school days / times for school who have adopted an asymmetric timetable so that the Code of Conduct reflects that if a pupil misses 9 sessions / 1 full week of school (4.5 days of school over longer period from Mon-Thurs) that this is equal to a traditional week in school of ten sessions.
1) ‘When a pupil has a minimum of 9 sessions (five school days) where the school adopts an asymmetric timetable, that have been lost due to unauthorised absences during the current term and this brings the pupil’s overall attendance to below 90% in the school year to date (these absences do not have to be consecutive).’
In addition to the current Code which states;
‘When a pupil has a minimum of 10 sessions (five school days) that have been lost due to unauthorised absences during the current term and this brings the pupil’s overall attendance to below 90% in the school year to date (these absences do not have to be consecutive).’
2) Removal of warning letters for all absences.
3) Headteachers no longer have to write out to all parents each academic year regarding the Penalty Notice scheme.
4) Removal of Local Authority Checklist (PSO checklist) for internal use.
There may be other issues or options and this is a chance to tell Pembrokeshire County Council what you think.
Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy, 2D County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP by Friday 29th November 2019.