Attendance policy: model and examples

Download and adapt our model attendance policy, or if you prefer to write or review your own, use our checklist setting out requirements and good practice. Share your policy highlights with parents and carers using our handy summary letter.

on 21 May 2024
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Ref: 41717
Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
  1. Download our model policy
  2. Use our policy checklist
  3. Remind parents and carers of the rules around attendance
  4. Find more advice and guidance on our site
  5. See school examples

Download our model policy

Our model policy:

Model policy: attendance policy (schools) DOC, 354.5 KB

Make the policy easily accessible and update it when necessary

You should publish the policy on your website, and send it to parents/carers when their child joins the school. 

Remind parents/carers about your policy:

  • At the beginning of each school year
  • Whenever it's updated

Review and update the policy 'as necessary', and seek the views of pupils and parents/carers when you do so.

If your current policy is different from ours, or you're writing your own and don't want to use our model, you will need to make sure it covers some specific points set out in the guidance. Use the checklist below to

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