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Action for schools: Promote strong attendance throughout the autumn term

As we approach winter it is a good time to reshare resources for parents on key attendance practices such as Is my child too ill for school? and the Chief Medical Officer’s letter to schools, which aid in making judgements about mild illness.


There is also guidance on how to seek support with attendance challenges, and good practice examples.

Schools can use our recently published toolkit for communicating with families to support attendance. This can help set high standards for attendance, ensuring children miss as little school as possible and is a helpful resource to respond to early patterns of absence in children.


Targeting support to children who have been absent is a key part of an effective strategy. Research by FFT shows pupils absent during the first week of term were up to 58% more likely to become persistently absent.