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.
Focus your attention where it’s needed most
Use the strategies set out in this article to lay the foundations of a strong culture around attendance.
But remember: while whole-school approaches are important, you should target the majority of your attendance resources at persistent and severe absentees. This is because a small number of these pupils are likely to be responsible for a large proportion of absences.
These pupils fall into 2 categories – pupils whose absence is:
- Persistent (missing more than 10% of sessions)
- Severe (missing more than 50% of sessions)
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to getting individual absentees into school,