Attendance data: pupils eligible for FSMHave a look at the national absence data for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) in state-funded primary, secondary and special schools. Compare this to data for pupils who are not eligible for FSM.
Attendance: national, LA and school dataCompare your school's attendance data to others locally and nationally, using our templates and summary of the data. We explain how the data is collected, and where you can find your own attendance data.
Attendance: the legal requirementsHow many days a year can a child be legally absent from school? We set out the legal requirements relating to school attendance that apply to parents. You will also find information on when absence should be authorised, and when headteachers are permitted to authorise absence.
Does the DfE set attendance targets?Does the DfE set attendance targets? The DfE does not set attendance targets. We relay information from the DfE and explain that the government lowered the threshold for persistent absence in 2015. We refer to attendance targets from schools and link to related articles from The Key.
Persistent latenessRead on to find strategies for reducing persistent lateness. We also look at whether parents can be fined.
Study leave for pupilsSchools can grant study leave to students for public exams. Learn which absence codes to use, and whether study leave counts towards attendance figures. We also explain that schools should still make provision for pupils who want to come into school to revise.
Absence and attendance in the sixth formFind 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 observanceMake sure you know how to handle requests for absence from both pupils and staff during religious events. Also, find links to calendars of celebrations to keep on top of when you might see absence requests.
Pupil leave of absence during term timeTerm-time absences can only be granted in 'exceptional circumstances'. This article includes a Parent Pamphlet setting out the rules on term-time leave. It looks at examples of exceptional circumstances from schools and links to DfE advice.
Tackling unauthorised absence: fining parentsYour school is legally entitled to fine parents if their children have poor attendance. Find out about when you can issue a penalty notice, and whether you can challenge LA decisions on penalty notices and prosecutions.
Term-time absence: can we stop pupils going on holiday?Can we stop parents taking their children on holiday in term time? We explain that schools can refuse to authorise term-time absences, and can issue fixed penalty notices. One of our experts advises what schools can do when parents plan to take their children on holiday during term time.
Traveller pupils: absence and attendanceMust we authorise absences for Traveller pupils? We explain that the term ‘Traveller’ covers groups such as Roma and Gypsies, and look at legislation around attendance expectations for Traveller pupils. You will also find advice on when to authorise absence and which absence codes to use.
Deprivation and poor school attendance Why do disadvantaged pupils tend to have higher absence rates than their peers? This article looks at research published by the Sutton Trust, the IoE and the DfE. It also links to The Key's articles on engaging reluctant parents and absence rates for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM).
Encouraging attendance in the EYFSEncouraging good attendance in the EYFS supports good development and helps identify safeguarding and welfare concerns early. Use our checklist to help you write your absence and non-attendance policy, and get guidance on addressing non-attendance.
Flexi-schooling: guidanceCan '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: 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. You will also find examples of action plans for boosting attendance from schools.
Improving pupil attendance (secondary)Read advice on creating a culture of attendance in school. Learn how to identify underlying causes of absence and choose the right strategies to meet pupils' needs.
Improving pupil attendance (special)Improving pupils' attendance in special schools can be a challenge, particularly where it's affected by their medical conditions. Learn how to identify underlying causes of absence and choose the right strategies to meet pupils' needs.
Parenting contracts for poor attendanceIs there any information on parenting contracts? This article looks at guidance on parenting contracts, and at some proformas. It covers when to use parenting contracts, drawing them up, and dealing with breaches.
Persistent school refusal: guidanceWhen a pupil persistently refuses to come to school, your next steps will depend on the individual pupil. Read this article for information about what to do next, and how to plan for supporting the pupil back into attending school.
Reduced timetables for pupilsGet 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.