Your board should regularly review attendance data and help leaders focus improvement efforts
- Regularly reviewing attendance data at board meetings (including looking at school-level trends and benchmarking with other schools)
- Paying particular attention to pupil cohorts that have had poor attendance historically or face entrenched barriers to attendance. For example, pupils:
- With a social worker
- From a background or ethnicity where attendance has been low
- With a long-term medical condition
- With special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND)
- Who are eligible for free school meals
- Working with senior leaders to set goals or areas of focus for attendance and providing challenge and support on these areas
See the Department for Education's (DfE's) latest non-statutory guidance on working together to improve school attendance.
Read our article on your role in improving school attendance to understand your other duties under the DfE's attendance guidance.
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