Improving school attendance: your role from the guidance

Be clear on what’s in the guidance, and what's expected from you, when it comes to improving school attendance. Use our example questions to make sure your leaders are prioritising attendance and that your school/trust is compliant.

on 5 July 2024
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  1. Expectations for your school(s)
  2. Your board's role
  3. 1. Recognise the importance of school attendance and promote it across the school's ethos and policies
  4. 2. Make sure your school leaders fulfil expectations and statutory duties
  5. 3. Regularly review attendance data and help leaders focus improvement efforts on pupils who need it
  6. 4. Make sure school staff receive adequate training on attendance
  7. 5. For MATs and federations: share effective practice across your schools
  8. Download your list of questions to ask

Expectations for your school(s)

It's worth knowing what the Department for Education (DfE) expects of your school(s), as improving attendance is likely to be a strategic priority for most schools for the foreseeable future. You'll need to be involved in monitoring your school's progress and policies.

Build relationships with families, understand barriers to attendance and work together to remove them The statutory attendance guidance sets out a 3-step approach to working with families. It explains the DfE's expectations of your school in the first instance, if absence intensifies and, finally, if the support offered to families isn't effective or they don't engage. You can find out what these expectations are in paragraphs 19 to 21 of the guidance. Expectations include: Working with parents/carers and pupils to understand and address in-school barriers to

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