Absence and attendance
Absence data and expectations
- Attendance: national, LA and school data Compare your school's attendance data to others locally and nationally, using our summary of the data and templates. Learn how the data is collected and how to make your own data tables using the DfE website.
- Attendance: persistent and severe absence thresholds and statistics Pupils are persistent absentees if they miss 10% of sessions or more, and severe absentees if they miss 50%. Learn how to analyse your data, and see the national statistics.
- Attendance: the legal requirements Parents have a legal responsibility to send their child to school. Read on for guidance on authorised absence and learn what to do if pupils aren't attending.
- Study leave for pupils: requirements and guidance Find out if you can grant study leave and what you need to consider when granting it for pupils in year 11, 12 and 13. Plus, learn which absence codes to use, and whether study leave counts towards attendance figures.
- Working together to improve school attendance: guidance summary Get to grips with the DfE’s non-statutory guidance on improving school attendance. Be clear on your expectations on taking a whole-school approach, analysing attendance data, and engaging with families to understand barriers to attendance.
- Attendance register: requirements and guidance Be clear on the rules for registering pupil attendance and absence, so you can make sure your school is compliant. Find guidance on when to close the register, and see what approaches other schools take.
Strategies for managing attendance
- Flexi-schooling: guidance Get to grips with flexi-school arrangements. Find out what to consider before agreeing to a request for one and what to include in an agreement with parents.
- How to improve sixth form attendance and behaviour Get expert advice to help you improve attendance and behaviour in the sixth form. Read a case study to find out how a sixth form improved standards of attendance and behaviour.
- How to talk to parents/carers about attendance Learn how to approach initial conversations about attendance with parents and carers, and who in your school might be best placed to have them. Take a look at our guidance for positive and constructive conversations.
- Improving attendance: audit and tracking sheets Download our audit and tracking tools to help you identify issues in your school, so you can put targeted strategies in place to improve attendance.
- Improving attendance: strategies and factsheet (secondary) Find the tools you need to tackle attendance among persistently and severely absent pupils or groups. Use our factsheet to remind parents of their responsibilities and help you embed a whole-school culture of high attendance.
- Parenting contracts for poor attendance Get advice on parenting contracts, including when to use them in response to problems with behaviour or attendance, and see examples and guidance from local authorities.
- Reduced timetables for pupils Get to grips with reduced timetables (also known as part-time timetables). Find out when you can use them and what you need to consider before, during and after you've introduced them.
- Strategies to improve attendance in primary schools Read guidance on effective strategies for improving primary attendance, including 2 case studies of how different schools successfully tackled this issue.
- Top tips for improving attendance Use our practical tips to help tackle poor attendance in your school. While these aren't intended to be a quick fix, you can put most of them into practice without overhauling your whole strategy.