Attendance information


Use our template to ensure statutory attendance reporting in your school is clear and up-to-date

Applicable for maintained schools, academies, free schools, independent schools, pupil referral units and non-maintained special schools.

Updates made in this version are described below.

  • School leadership team: bullet points added re safeguarding responses for pupils at risk of missing education and supporting pupils returning after a long absence.
  • Pupils: suggest explicitly setting out the start of the school day and registration times for the avoidance of doubt.
  • 4.3 Authorsied absences: text added re unauthorised absences.
  • 4.5 Family holidays and extended leave: text added re the headteacher's decision.
  • 5. School action: following up absences - text added.

Use the guides included in the document to tailor the policy with specific details, ensuring that it explains your school's procedures clearly. These are:

  • blue boxes with advisory notes that can be deleted after you have finished writing the policy
  • grey text that indicates where you need to fill in certain details, such as the times that the registration period begins and ends.

Last Updated: 
02 Aug 2022