The Basildon Standard reports that truancy detectives who track down missing children are boosting attendance “significantly”, schools claim.
Canvey Island Infant School, Canvey Junior School, Castle View and William Read teamed up to hire two part-time attendance ambassadors. They contact families or even visit homes if a child’s absence has not been reported.
They also promote punctuality by standing at the gates of different schools each morning.
A joint statement from the schools reads: “By building relationships with families, they will be able provide support, especially to those who have children in more than one of the four schools.”
Canvey Schools Partnership confirmed the ambassadors have been CRB checked and have “extensive experience” in the areas of attendance, educational welfare and social care.
A spokesman for the four schools said: “Our ambassadors started last week and already we have seen a significant improvement in the attendance of those students that were visited.”
They added the scheme follows a similar model to one used by a multi-academy trust in Thurrock.
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