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To tackle poor attendance, try these strategies from an education welfare officer and our associate experts. Read our case study from a school with a high percentage of pupils eligible for the pupil premium.

We spoke to the principal education welfare officer (EWO) at Haringey Council and 5 of our associate education experts, Mark Trusson, Peter Slough, Marilyn Nathan, David Driscoll, and Jeremy Bird for this article.

Strategies to improve attendance

Engaging parents

Ensure that all parents have a copy of the attendance policy.

This should include details of:

  • The actions that the school will take at various levels of attendance
  • The staff members who will be responsible for dealing with any parents whose child has an attendance level of between 90% and 95%

Your school could also:

Build a relationship between the school and parents of eligible pupils by holding coffee mornings