Heads Up 18 November 2022


Working together to improve school attendance


  1. Working together to improve school attendance is now the attendance guidance that should be used for schools, trusts, governing bodies and local authorities. 
  2. 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.
  3. Additional attendance resources are available on the Education Huband Teaching Blogs
  4. Sign up to share your daily attendance data with the DfE.  65% of schools In England are now sharing.  It will become a requirement at some point this academic year.
  5. Compare your school data - You can now use a public data dashboard to compare your school data with up-to-date national, regional and local authority figures for pupil attendance and absence in England. This will be updated every 2 weeks. You can sign upto take part in research and give feedback to help the DfE develop the reports.
  6. The code ‘X’ code can no longer be used in the attendance register to record COVID-19 related absence.

Contact Us

If you wish to discuss any issues relating to school attendance, please feel free to contact the Warwickshire Attendance Service:




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