Web consultation to tackle school sick days

This week, scrutiny councillors at Merton Council have launched consultation through their website http://www.merton.gov.uk to get your views on how we can cut the number of schooldays lost through sickness.

One of Merton Council’s key targets for the year is to cut the number of days children are off school. Councillors on the Health Commission are helping to achieve this target by examining how we can identify, address and reduce ‘sick leave’. They have launched the web consultation to get as many views as possible and expect to report their findings in March.

The task group of councillors have heard from head teachers, education welfare officers, good practice from other local authorities, the school nursing service and health professionals. The Councillors now want to hear your views –

· Has your child been away from school because of their health?
· What was done that was helpful by the health service or schools?
· What else could have been done?

Cllr David Williams, who is leading the review, said:

‘We’re keen to increase school attendance and ensure that days lost through sickness are correctly reported and handled supportively and sensitively by the relevant authorities. We would welcome any views on what could be done to improve and reduce the number of sick days lost from school.’

Submissions can be sent to scrutiny@merton.gov.uk or write to Cllr David Williams at Scrutiny Team, Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 5DX.The closing date for submissions is Monday 1 March 2004.