Attendance drive: DfE to require schools to share daily attendance data

The government has confirmed it will legislate “in the coming months” to require all schools to share their daily attendance data in a bid to help them identify and respond to absence trends.
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Ministers have also pledged to support more than one million children and young people who do not attend school regularly via an expansion of the Attendance Hubs initiative.

And the on-going attendance mentoring pilot programme is also to be expanded to reach persistent or severely absent students in 10 new areas from September.

Last academic year (2022/23), 7.5% of sessions were missed by pupils – with a third of these being unauthorised absences.

Persistent absence – the proportion who miss 10% or more of sessions – hit 22.3%. This is down on 27.5% the previous school year, which means around 380,000 fewer students were persistently absent.

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