Portsmouth schools promote good attendance with poster competition

A campaign to encourage children and families to understand the importance of having good attendance at school has been a huge success across three schools.

Meon Infant School pupils promote good attendance with poster competition

Our Junior and Infant Schools in Portsmouth came together for a joint poster competition to find the best designs which will be scanned, printed, and displayed across Moorings Way Infant School, Meon Infant School, and Meon Junior School.

There were four winners in total from our three schools, Lenny in Year 2 at Moorings Way, Olive in Year 2 at Meon Infant, Harry in Year 3 at Meon Junior Lower School, and Isaac in Year 6 at Meon Junior Upper School.

Charlotte Osborne, the Attendance Welfare Lead at all three schools, says the competition has been a huge success.

She said: “I’m so pleased about how the children have engaged with this project. Having worked in attendance within a senior school in the Trust, I had seen cases all too often where a child has had poor attendance throughout their school career.

“These children frequently struggle with their learning which in turn causes them to become withdrawn. Many display avoidance behaviours in school, truanting lessons when they do turn up, because they do not understand the work they are being taught, often because they missed the foundation work needed for that topic or subject.

“Here at the M3 schools, we want to work with both our pupils and their parents to do our best to prevent this from happening so regularly. We want to instill a positive attitude to school attendance as early as possible to ensure that all of our pupils go on to thrive throughout their school and future careers.”