School attendance

Departmental advice on pupil registers and attendance codes, school day and year.



This departmental advice is for:

  • local authorities
  • all school staff, headteachers, governors, alternative provision providers

It may also be useful for parents and carers.

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • local authorities
  • academies and free schools
  • pupil referral units
  • non-maintained special schools
  • independent schools for pupil registers

This advice is to help schools and local authorities maintain high levels of school attendance and plan the school day and year. It provides information about the interventions available to address pupils’ poor attendance and behaviour at school. It would be helpful to read this alongside the statutory guidance on parental measures for school attendance and behaviour.

This advice will next be reviewed in July 2014.

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