New interactive reports to support in improving attendance

Schools sharing attendance information with the Department for Education (mandatory for all schools from Aug 2024) now have the choice to utilize a new feature within their school attendance tool. This feature allows schools to promptly identify how students are distributed across five different percentage-based absence categories. Moreover, schools can filter this report based on […]

DfE Webinar Dates Announced

The DfE have released a series of dates over the next few months to support the implementation of the “Working Together to Improve School Attendance” guidance. A list of available webinars can be found here:PowerPoint Presentation ( Any webinar that you miss can be found on the DfE You Tube Channel

The importance of school attendance every day.

Attendance towards the end of a week or the end of a term (particularly where it is a short week!) can often be tricky to manage. This is an excellent blog from Richard Prime for the DfE looking at strategies to support a strong finish to the end of term (and the end of a […]

How is attendance impacted across different pupil groups?

An interesting breakdown of how attendance impacts on individual groups of pupils – broadly speaking children with identified SEND needs often have higher rates of persistent absence. These children also have higher rates of “other authorised absences” – which needs further investigation – is this because these children are being placed on reduced timetables, for […]

Is there a correlation between distance from school and absenteeism?

The FFT data lab have been investigating whether there is a correlation between absence levels and the distance pupils live from school. Although intuition would suggest there is, this is the first time the FFT team have taken a look at the data analytically. Unsurprisingly results suggest that the further children live from school the […]

New Webinars Released by the DfE to support Behaviour and Attendance

The Department for Education has released new dates for Schools, Local Authorities or Trusts to register for webinars to support behaviour and attendance. The webinar on Wednesday 29th November looks at successfully monitoring your schools attendance data -this session looks at how schools can share their data with the DfE and the benefits of doing […]

School Refusal – Parent Insights

School refusal: Insights from Parent Talk | Action For ChildrenAction for Children have recently released a policy report titled “School Refusal: Insights from Parent Talk 2022-23”. This report provides valuable insights into the issue of school refusal and offers recommendations for addressing it. The report delves into the experiences and perspectives of parents whose children […]

Supporting Schools with Absence due to Illness

Earlier on in the academic year Professor Sir Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer) and colleagues produced a really useful letter for schools outlining their perspective from both a clinical and public health perspective on mild illnesses and how these should be tackled. The letter includes links to excellent NHS guidance (Is my child to ill […]

DfE consultation – Elective Home Education

The Department for Education are currently seeking views from parents, education professionals and other organisations about possible changes to the Elective Home Education Guidance. Please share the consultation with colleagues. NASWE will also be making a response so please share your views with us! Contact to share your views and contribute to the NASWE […]

Flexi-Schooling vs Part timetables

I am often asked what the difference is between a flexi-schooling arrangement and a part-time table.  Flexi Schooling Arrangements are generally requested by the parent and agreed by the school. It is entirely legal for a parent to request that their child spends part of the week being educated at school and part of the […]