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Latest School Attendance Figures at Lowest Level since January. 

Latest attendance figures show a decrease from 89.4% on 23 June to 86.9% on 7 July 2022, the lowest level since January. 

Department for Education ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’ reports:

Pupil on site attendance 

  • Attendance in all state-funded schools was adjusted to exclude year 11-13 pupils who are not in attendance because they are off-site for approved purposes was 86.9% on 7 Jul, down from 89.4% on 23 Jun.

Workforce absence

  • We estimate that 8.0% of teachers and school leaders were absent for any reason from open schools on 7 Jul, up from 6.5% on 23 Jun.
  • We estimate that 6.8% of teaching assistants and other staff were absent for any reason from open schools on 7 Jul, up from 5.5% on 23 Jun.

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “We are picking up sporadic examples of schools struggling to cover classes, reintroducing some social distancing measures and encouraging face coverings in social areas. It is a reminder of how in some areas, Covid has most certainly not gone away.”

Source: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/2022-week-28

Additional Resources: 

School attendance is a high government priority and due a major overhaul, learn what you need to put in place and how you can improve attendance rates in your school at our forthcoming virtual CPD conference and interactive masterclasses:

Improving School Attendance: Proven strategies that really work
Learn from current research, guidance and models of best practice along with extensive experience to improve your attendance strategy. This course will also challenge ideas in current practice that are used widely and are proven NOT to work. You will leave with a compressive toolkit of practical, down to earth, ideas that are proven to make a real positive difference to school attendance.

How to successfully implement and lead on attendance management across your setting
School attendance is set for a huge overhaul in the coming months and the senior leadership team will be expected to put in place plans to manage those changes. This essential course will give you a complete overview of the new guidance and policy and understand what these will mean for your school in practice, for you and the wider school staff.

National Conference: Leading School Attendance Improvement Summit 2022: Working together to implement change
Attend this national conference to bring you up to date on all of the regulatory changes, when to expect them and what they will look like in practice. It’ll help you prepare for what you need to do now, to stay ahead of change and ensure you are able to take a fresh look at your whole school approach to improving school attendance.

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