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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.
You must have a register
All schools, except for boarding-only schools, are required to have an attendance register. You must include all pupils, regardless of their age, on this register.
In a boarding school, if you have any day-pupils, you must keep an attendance register for them. However, there's no requirement to do so for your boarding pupils.
When to take the register
You must take the attendance register at the start of the morning session of each school day and once during the afternoon session.
You're not required to take additional attendance registers in individual lessons or for before and after-school sessions.
What format it can take
If you're keeping it physically, you must make the entries in ink If you're keeping
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