Attendance Matters - 11 June 2020


With the wider opening of secondary schools from Monday 15 June, to small groups of Y10 students via pre-arranged face-to-face sessions, in addition to existing provision for key worker and vulnerable children, the government has updated the arrangements for recording attendance in schools. Please see below, information for parents regarding this, and a link to the full government document.


No one with symptoms should attend a school setting for any reason. Eligible children and young people – including priority groups – are strongly encouraged to attend their education setting, unless they are self-isolating or they are clinically vulnerable (in which case they should follow medical advice). If someone in their household is extremely clinically vulnerable, they should only attend if stringent social distancing can be adhered to, and the child is able to understand and follow those instructions. Families should notify their nursery/school/college as normal if their child is unable to attend so that staff can explore the reason with them and address barriers together. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools and colleges will not be held to account for attendance levels. Schools and colleges should continue to inform social workers where children with a social worker do not attend.

Schools and colleges should resume taking their attendance register and continue to complete the online Educational Setting Status form which gives the Department for Education daily updates on how many children and staff are attending. The Department will continue to monitor attendance at early years settings, via local authorities. This is to ensure that we have up-to-date information on available early years and childcare provision during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which children are accessing it and to monitor sufficiency in particular areas.

Link to full government guidance document: