Mental health issues affecting a pupil's attendance: guidance for schools

Summary of responsibilities where a mental health issue is affecting attendance and examples of effective practice.

Applies to England



Guidance on how to support school attendance where there is a pupil experiencing social, emotional or mental health issues.

The examples of effective practice document shows how some schools have supported children to build up their confidence and help them to attend regularly.

This guidance is for:

  • school staff
  • academy trustees
  • governing bodies
  • parents and carers
  • local authorities
Published 7 February 2023