Attendance Policy

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DCFE recognises the positive correlation between class attendance and student retention and achievement. Any class missed reduces the opportunity for learning and may adversely affect the student’s achievement in the course. Levels of attendance have a direct impact on the success of our students. Students are more likely to complete and achieve their qualification if they attend all classes. Students who arrive late will impact not only on their own learning, but on the learning of the rest of the class. Similarly employers set high expectations of attendance and punctuality in the workplace. We therefore expect our students to comply with high levels of attendance and punctuality.


Students are expected to:

  • Ensure that they attend all classes.
  • Arrive at the start of the class properly equipped and prepared for the lesson.
  • Always schedule medical and other appointments out of college hours where possible.
  • Not take on work or other commitments which clash with class times.
  • Stay for the duration of the lesson.
  • Explain any absences/lateness to their mentor in advance of, or as soon as possible after the event. Where lateness occurs, students are expected to enter the room quietly and cause as little disruption as possible.
  • Inform themselves of the materials covered in class during any absences including work missed, details of assessment and class/college administration.
  • For some classes, e.g. in laboratory practical’s, students may not be permitted to enter if late for health and safety reasons.
  • Attendance is taken during the first 10 minutes of class. Students arriving after attendance has been taken will be marked as late. Students who are frequently late will be referred to the Deputy Principal.
  • When writing references for students (for colleges, universities, employers) the student’s attendance and punctuality will be taken into account.
  • Students in receipt of a SUSI grant are obliged to have at least 80% attendance to be approved for this monthly payment. Where attendance falls short of 80% in a given month, without      reasonable explanation, the payment will be withheld.