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  • Absence and attendance in the sixth form Find out what you need to record in your register for sixth-form students. Learn about setting sanctions and whether you have to inform parents about students' absence.
  • Absence requests for religious observance Make sure you know how to handle requests for absence from both pupils and staff due to religious events. Also, find links to calendars of celebrations so you can keep on top of dates when you might see absence requests.
  • Pupil term-time absence: what you need to know Term-time absences can only be granted in 'exceptional circumstances'. Know what factors you need to consider when deciding whether a circumstance is 'exceptional' and making a judgement around how long the pupil needs to be away from school.
  • Tackling unauthorised absence: fining parents Your school is legally entitled to fine parents if their child has poor attendance. Find out when you can issue a penalty notice and whether you can challenge local authority decisions on penalty notices and prosecutions.
  • Traveller pupils: absence and attendance Understand the legislation around attendance expectations for Traveller pupils, and find advice on when to authorise absence and which absence codes to use.
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  • 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.
  • Coronavirus: how to record attendance UpdatedFind out how to record attendance during the pandemic, including which codes you should use and when. The DfE has clarified that you'll need to continue to complete the educational setting status form on a daily basis from 1 October.
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  • Flexi-schooling: guidance Can 'flexi-schooling' arrangements be put in place? We look at whether children can be educated both at home and at school, and what schools should consider before agreeing to requests. You'll also find advice on responsibility for the achievement of flexi-schooled pupils and recording attendance.
  • 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: plans and case studies (primary) Are there ideas for improving attendance in primary schools? We relay a range of guidance on cost-effective strategies for improving attendance and look at what other primary schools have done to reduce absence rates.
  • Improving attendance: strategies and factsheet (secondary) UpdatedFind the tools you need to tackle attendance among persistently absent pupils or groups, even in a coronavirus context. Use our factsheet to remind parents of their responsibilities and help you embed a whole-school culture of high attendance.
  • Improving the attendance of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding How can we raise attendance of pupils eligible for the pupil premium? We cite two case studies from schools that have raised attendance for pupils eligible for pupil premium funding. You will also find suggestions from one of our associate experts.
  • 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.
  • Research into how attendance can impact attainment Read summaries of research and find links to case studies on improving attendance.
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