What do I need to know? – Understanding Pupil Attendance in Schools – Key Insights for School Governors

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Understanding Pupil Attendance in Schools – Key Insights for School Governors from GovernorHelp.

Introduction:

As school governors, it is crucial to stay informed about pupil attendance rates and trends to ensure the well-being and educational progress of students.

As an example  we’ll analyse the data provided by the Department for Education regarding pupil attendance between 12th September 2022 and 16th June 2023.

Let’s examine the key points that governors should be aware of.

Key Points:

 

1. Overall Attendance Rate

The attendance rate across all schools in the week commencing 12 June 2023 was 93.4%.
Throughout the academic year to date, the attendance rate was 92.6%.

 

2. Absence Rates by School Type (Week Commencing 12 June 2023)

  • State-funded primary schools had an absence rate of 5.1% (3.1% authorised and 2.0% unauthorised).
  • State-funded secondary schools had an absence rate of 8.5% (4.6% authorised and 3.9% unauthorised).
  • State-funded special schools had the highest absence rate at 11.6% (8.3% authorised and 3.3% unauthorised).

 

3. Absence Rates by School Type (Academic Year to Date)

  • State-funded primary schools had an absence rate of 5.9% (4.3% authorised and 1.6% unauthorised).
  • State-funded secondary schools had an absence rate of 9.2% (5.8% authorised and 3.4% unauthorised).
  • State-funded special schools had the highest absence rate at 13.1% (10.0% authorised and 3.1% unauthorised)

4. Persistent Absence

Across all school types, approximately 21.8% of pupil enrolments missed 10% or more of their possible sessions, indicating persistent absence.

  • State-funded primary schools had a persistent absence rate of 17.0%.
  • State-funded secondary schools had a higher persistent absence rate of 27.4%.
  • State-funded special schools had the highest persistent absence rate at 38.7%.

Conclusion

Understanding pupil attendance rates is vital for school governors in order for them to identify areas that require attention and support. The data provided by the Department for Education highlights the importance of addressing persistent absence and tailoring strategies to specific school types.

Additionally, the impact of illnesses, including COVID-19 cases, and teacher strikes on attendance rates should be considered when analysing the data. By staying informed about attendance trends, governors can work towards helping creating an environment that promotes regular attendance and enhances student outcomes.

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