Attendance is a priority for Ofsted and the DfE is to introduce new requirements for schools. Xavier Roeseler outlines some strategies for supporting Pupil Premium children to attend

The government has published new attendance guidance after its recent consultation (DfE, 2022a). It includes a new requirement from September 2022 for schools to have an attendance policy (Headteacher Update, 2022a).

Attendance was also a key focus for the schools White Paper, Opportunity for all, published in March (DfE, 2022b) and which included a pledge for a national data system “to drive up attendance and make it easier for agencies to protect vulnerable children”.

Ofsted has also reported recently on attendance strategies that work (Ofsted, 2022; Headteacher Update, 2022b), while the Education Endowment Foundation published an evidence review in March and is now looking to fund trials of attendance interventions (EEF, 2022; Headteacher Update, 2022c). When it comes to pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium, making sure that they have the highest possible attendance is an important part of the support you can give them. But what kind of strategies can help get these pupils into school?

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