Heads Up 17 March 2023


Working together to improve school attendance


1. School Attendance Lead Network Event – will be held jointly between Warwickshire County Council’s Attendance Service and the Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust. The purpose of the event will be to discuss the new attendance guidance and begin the development of an attendance support network.

Thursday 23rd March 2023 - 1.30pm to 3.30pm - Myton School

Training Courses - Stowe Valley Multi Academy Trust (stowevalleymat.com) 

2. Daily attendance data webinar for schools and local authorities

Wednesday 22 March 11am to 11:45am:

At this webinar you can find out more about how to share your attendance data and access attendance reports via a digital service.

3. Reminder - Compare pupil attendance with other schools in your local authority

Nationally 78% of schools are now sharing daily attendance data with the DfE.  The figure in Warwickshire is 82%. 

The DfE are now rolling out new functionality to allow mainstream schools that are sharing data to compare attendance with other schools within their local authority area.  The tool will help schools to identify strengths and priorities and signpost to additional guidance and support. To share daily attendance data and get access to these tools, please email Wonde. If you already use Wonde, please accept the request in your Wonde portal.

4. Improving attendance: good practice for schools and multi-academy trusts. There are some really useful effective practice attendance webinars produced by the DfE in conjunction with schools, with good or improved attendance, sharing their good practice. It is highly recommended that your attendance lead/champion access this free resource.

5. Additional attendance resources are available on the Education Huband Teaching Blogs

6. DFE GUIDANCE: Mental health issues affecting a pupil's attendance: guidance for schools February 2023 - Summary of responsibilities where a mental health issue is affecting attendance and examples of effective practice.

Contact Us

If you wish to discuss any issues relating to school attendance, please feel free to contact the Warwickshire Attendance Service: was@warwickshire.gov.uk


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