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Last reviewed on 2 December 2021
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School types: All · School phases: Secondary, 16 Plus

Find 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.

Start by analysing your attendance data 

Make sure you fully understand the situation in your school before you start taking steps to improve it. Find out how to analyse your attendance and absence data in 3 steps.

Don’t let coronavirus absences conceal underlying issues 

As COVID-19 continues to impact attendance, make sure you’re not losing sight of any non-COVID-related attendance issues. Remember to use these codes to record absences related to coronavirus, so you can diagnose which gaps in attendance are connected to the pandemic and which have other causes. 

Whole-school: establish a positive yet firm approach to attendance

But remember: while whole-school approaches are important, you should target the majority of your attendance resources at persistent absentees (see section below). This is because a small number of persistent absentees (those who miss 10% of sessions or more) are likely to be responsible for

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