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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 EYFS
Encouraging 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.
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 KeyDocs for tracking and auditing attendance. You'll also find tips on monitoring attendance from a local authority (LA) representative and our associate education experts.
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.
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
Is 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: guidance
When 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 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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