Top tips for improving attendance

Use our practical tips to help tackle poor attendance in your school. While these aren't intended to be a quick fix, you can put most of them into practice without overhauling your whole strategy.

Last reviewed on 7 March 2023
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  1. Instil a staff mindset of high expectations around attendance
  2. Establish a senior leadership team presence around school
  3. Make good attendance everyone's responsibility
  4. Give pupils a purpose to be in school each day
  5. Offer pupils the tools to come to school
  6. Provide secure conditions for learning
  7. Use your exciting curriculum to entice pupils
  8. Anticipate family patterns
  9. Appoint an attendance lead who’s passionate about high expectations
  10. Include clear stages of action in your policy
  11. Further reading on improving attendance

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Instil a staff mindset of high expectations around attendance

Having all of your staff on board will help to make sure your approach to your attendance policy is consistent throughout your school. To do this:

Make sure staff are aware that mental health needs can be a barrier