P-05-807 Review and change the guidance for attendance awards in Welsh schools
This petition was submitted by Laura Charles-Price having collected 123 signatures.
Text of Petition
We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to review any guidance it issues on school attendance awards in Wales.
Many children across Wales suffer with chronic illnesses that affect their school attendance. A child may miss school due to the illness itself or due to hospital appointments which they have to attend related to this illness.
Each year attendance awards are given out at school which many of these children miss out on. Not only is this unfair but it also discriminates against those children.
I would like to propose that the Welsh Government either makes allowances for those children or advises local authorities and schools that attendance awards should not be given.
This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 04/02/2020.
The Committee considered further correspondence and agreed to close the petition in light of the fact that the Welsh Government is currently reviewing school-attendance guidance with a view to issuing a public consultation in future, and the commitment given by the Minister for Education that introducing scope to record absences as being related to a chronic health condition is being considered as part of that work.
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It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 17/04/2018.
Assembly Constituency and Region
· South Wales West
Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 09/04/2018