Last reviewed on 28 February 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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Use our list of questions to help you review your school's attendance policy. Read our model policy to see what good looks like, and get examples from different types of schools.

Key points to look out for

As this policy isn't statutory, its contents can vary.

We've suggested what you might find in an attendance policy based on the Department for Education's school attendance guidance and school attendance parental responsibility measures

Aims and objectives of the policy 

For example:

  • Promoting good attendance 
  • Reducing absences, including persistent absence 
  • Making sure every pupil has access to full-time education 
  • Acting early to address patterns of absence 

Roles and responsibilities 

This includes who does what under the policy. For example:

  • The governing board: monitoring attendance figures and holding the headteacher to account
  • The headteacher: implementing the policy, reporting to governors and issuing fixed-penalty notices 
  • The attendance officer: monitoring data, reporting concerns to the headteacher, tackling persistent absences
  • Class teachers: recording attendance on a daily basis and using the correct codes
  • School admin/office staff: taking calls from parents about absence, and recording absence

Recording attendance 

When the attendance register is