Advice on school attendance

The Department for Education has published draft advice on school attendance for consultation. The document aims to help schools maintain a high level of attendance and plan the school day and year. It also provides information about the interventions available to address poor attendance and behaviour at school.

The document replaces previous advice on pupils’ registration, school day and year, guidance on Ensuring Children’s Right to Education and statutory guidance on Education-related parenting contracts, parenting orders and penalty notices published in September 2007. It outlines in one place the Government’s approach to school attendance and the use of parental responsibility measures. This advice is made up of:

  • Section one – pupil registers and attendance codes;
  • Section two – school day and year; and
  • Section three – statutory guidance on education-related parenting contracts, parenting orders and penalty notices.