Guidance

Working together to improve school attendance

Guidance to help schools, academy trusts, governing bodies and local authorities maintain high levels of school attendance, including roles and responsibilities.

Applies to England

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This guidance is for:

  • maintained schools
  • academies
  • independent schools
  • local authorities

It is designed to:

  • help schools, trusts, governing bodies and local authorities maintain high levels of school attendance
  • summarise the roles and responsibilities of parents and carers, schools, trusts, governing bodies and local authorities
  • summarise the support that should be provided to families, including for pupils who are persistently or severely absent, or at risk of becoming so
  • provide details of legal interventions available to schools and local authorities where attendance support does not work, is not engaged with or is not appropriate
  • provide details of what schools are required to record in their attendance and admission registers

Further information, including a range of techniques for improving attendance and guidance on good practice is available.

Published 6 May 2022
Last updated 5 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Toolkit for schools: communicating with families to support attendance' and 'Annex A: example attendance letters and emails to parents and carers'.

  2. Added link to guidance on school attendance for parents.

  3. Added a link to a source of further information on improving attendance.

  4. First published.