Improving attendance: good practice for schools and multi-academy trusts
Schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) share their different techniques for improving attendance rates in their settings
Training sessions for new attendance guidance
Adam Luke, Department for Education (DfE) School Attendance Policy lead, outlines what the new attendance guidance means for schools and academy trusts.
Jayne Lowe, DfE Attendance Adviser, explains what makes an effective school-level attendance policy.
Star Academies share how they ensure the attendance register is completed consistently across their schools. Their presentation also covers the trust’s day-to-day processes to monitor, follow up and improve attendance.
Sapientia Education Trust share how they work with families, local authorities and other partners effectively to maximise attendance.
Diverse Academies share how they use governance to support better attendance across their trust and academies.
Star Academies share how they analyse absence and attendance data to target and monitor improvement efforts. This presentation also includes a demonstration of the daily attendance reports that all schools can register for and access for free.
Whole trust and school approaches to improving attendance webinars
Aaron Wright, Executive Headteacher, and Luke Renwick, Headteacher, of Brook House Primary School, share how they have created a culture of excellent attendance through a pastoral approach that has significantly reduced the number of pupils who are persistently absent.
Kelly Moore, Principal at Ormiston Meadows Academy, shares the strategies they have implemented with various cohorts of pupils to significantly reduce persistent absence across the school.
Michael Robson, Executive Principal of North Shore Academy, shares their approach for managing and improving attendance in schools in the Northern Education Trust, including work they did during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jamie Stubbs, Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for inclusion, safeguarding and attendance at St Thomas More Catholic Academy, shares how they have managed to improve attendance levels to above national averages.
Diane Henson, Headteacher at Wheelers Lane Technology College, shares the strategies they’ve successfully implemented to improve attendance for pupils at their secondary boys’ school.
Sue Huntley, Deputy Principal of Studio West, shares how they use their curriculum and other strategies to improve attendance in their 11-to-19 studio school.
Special and alternative provision (AP)
Wayne Askham, Head of the Abbey School, shares how they use their curriculum, incentives and rewards, and other strategies to improve attendance in their 5-to-19 special school.
Matthew Rooney, Principal of St Giles School, shares the actions they have taken to reduce the attendance gap between their 3-to-18 special school and other mainstream settings nationally.
Bromley Trust Academy Alternative Provision share the actions they take at trust, school and pupil level to raise attendance significantly above national alternative provision (AP) averages.
Michelle O’Dell shares an insight into her role as Attendance Intervention Manager for John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust. This includes strategies for monitoring and improving attendance across all the schools in the trust.
Susan Morris-King, one of His Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted’s National Lead for behaviour and attendance, reports on the main findings of Ofsted’s ‘Securing good attendance and tackling persistent absence’ report.
Related case studies and resources
Schools have shared their techniques for:
- managing attendance effectively
- texting parents: our key to success in tackling absence
- working with the community to tackle the root cause of absence
A rapid evidence review of attendance interventions is available on the Education Endowment Foundation website.
The Behavioural Insights Team have produced a guide on how schools can use text messages to clearly communicate pupils’ attendance levels to parents.
This is based on the results of a successful pilot programme in Bristol and includes examples of the style of communication schools can use to help boost attendance.