Q. How should we mark our register in a period of enforced closure such as the current Covid-19 outbreak?
A. There are two codes that can be used to record a school closure: 1. The ‘#’ code, which…
Q. What do we code a child who attends school but has to go home due to his ADHD behaviours? We also have other students who can’t cope with attending school all day due to their mental health and need to be sent home. Should we use the ‘C’ code for these students or should we code them as ‘I’ for illness?
A. To answer this, I would need to understand if these children have been placed on a reduced timetable or…
Q. I’m hoping you can help me. My daughter is competing in an international cheerleading competition in June. She needs three days off from school. This will be after her SATs. The school is only allowing exceptional circumstances for leave. If this leave were to be granted, could she be marked down as educated off-site? As she is training and performing it’s harder than a P.E lesson. I also know that other children who were taking part in a pantomime were marked down as this.
Q. On the advice of Public Health England, we recently had to close the school for two days for a deep clean following an outbreak of Norovirus. During the period before and after the school closure, attendance was poor due to the number of children who were absent due to illness. How do we evidence this when reporting to the governors?
Handout – Advice for new attendance officers on working with key colleagues
Form – Attendance data analysis using the national 2018/19 full year data
Form – Action plan for your interactions with other staff
Checklist – Attendance for safeguarding
Checklist – Evaluating attendance: Involvement of parents and pupils
Checklist – Evaluating attendance: Data analysis
Checklist – Evaluating attendance: Leadership and management
Checklist – Evaluating attendance: Levels of attendance
Checklist – Evaluating attendance: Quality of provision
Form – School counselling questionnaire: Suggested evaluation
Worked example – Sample Pupil Premium strategy 2019-22