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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.

The guidance in this article comes from our expert Nina Siddall-Ward, and Ofsted’s report on securing good attendance.

The DfE has published new non-statutory guidance on improving school attendance that applies from September 2022. Read the summary of updates

Instil a staff mindset of high expectations around attendance

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

  • Give staff the necessary attendance vocabulary and encouraging soundbites, like “zero tolerance of low attendance” and “every school day is a great day”
  • Remind staff to model a 100% expectation for pupils to attend and learn in every lesson. This is especially important if you're in a secondary school, where your pupils will have multiple teachers during the day
  • Make sure staff members model personal punctuality themselves

Have your senior leaders greet pupils on