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 […]

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 […]