The National Strategies have developed two detailed resources to help support and assist schools and Children's Services in improving attendance and reducing persistent absence.
Improving attendance and reducing persistent absence provides information and a range of resources for schools. This includes tools and information to enable schools to analyse absence, identify vulnerable groups and develop an effective whole school approach to attendance. The article will help support schools preparing for inspection. It also contains specific advice for Academies and for improving attendance of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.
Children's Services effective attendance practice offers guidance to those working to support schools and other settings in improving attendance through profiling absence and developing an overarching strategy to support children, families and schools. Included are a range of proactive interventions and a section on working in partnership with key partners.
Changes to guidelines on registration and coding
The School Attendance team are currently working to update the guidelines on registration and coding. One of the changes already implemented is the change in status of pupils who attend other schools because they are participating in Diplomas. Previously the pupils had to be dual registered, but these pupils will now be counted and treated as guest pupils in any of the schools they attend, other than their main school. Changes have been made to the census guidance for schools to reflect this.