Last reviewed on 24 May 2022
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Find out how to analyse your attendance data to spot patterns in absences for groups of pupils, identify reasons this may be happening and plan your next steps.

Step 1: use your management information system (MIS) to pull the data you need

When you’re gathering attendance data from your MIS, create separate reports for different cohorts of pupils. This will help you to identify patterns of absence more clearly and work on potential interventions.

Depending on your school’s context, consider separating the data into:

  • Year groups
  • Gender
  • Ethnic minorities (avoid grouping distinct ethnic groups together, as this may mask disparities between them)
  • The pupil premium (itself separated into disadvantaged, looked-after/post looked-after children, and service children)
  • Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils

Once you’ve gathered reports for each cohort, break your attendance data down by week. This serves 2 functions:

Once a spike has been noted, you can pin down exactly which cohort