Bishop Aldhelm's CE

Primary School

Loved by God; United in Learning


The pupils in our schools with higher attendance have a better chance of doing well and this positively impacts their life chances. When a child is in school, we can work to keep them safe and help them to feel valued.

Improving attendance works best if it is a whole school approach. Attendance is a safeguarding matter and is therefore everyone’s responsibility. We must work together with our Parents/Carers, partners and communities to develop and maintain a whole school culture that promotes the benefits of good attendance.

The resources included are for guidance and must be adjusted for your school and local area/offer.

 Time off for sickness - school guidance


Time off needed

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

24 hours if only one episode. 48 hours if more than one episode, starting from the last time they were ill.

Chicken Pox

5 days from onset of rash


48 hours after antibiotics are commenced or until lesions are healed

Scarlett Fever

24 hours after commencement of antibiotics

Slapped Cheek

No time off needed, but make office aware


No time off needed

Hand, Foot and Mouth

No time off needed


3 days


No time off needed


No time off needed but treatment required

Glandular Fever

No time off needed

Roles and Responsibilities

 The responsibilities for school attendance have been set out in the latest guidance and may be summarised and actioned as follows-




  • Inform the school on the first day of absence,
  • Discuss with the tutor/class teacher any planned absences well in advance, support the school with their child in aiming for 100% attendance each year,
  • Make sure that any absence is clearly accounted for by telephone or text on the first and subsequent days of absence, or by letter if a phone is unavailable,
  • Avoid taking their child out of school for non-urgent medical or dental appointments,
  • Only request leave of absence if it is for an exceptional circumstance.



  • Attend every day unless they are ill or have an authorised absence.
  • Arrive in school on time.
  • Go to all their registrations and lessons on time.
  • Take responsibility for registering at the reception desk if they are late or are leaving the school site during school hours.


Schools- SLT, Attendance Staff, Administration

  • Have a clear attendance policy
  • Develop and/or maintain a whole school culture that promotes the benefits of good attendance.
  • Ensure accurate completion of admissions and attendance registers.
  • Have robust daily processes to follow up on absence.
  • Proactively use data to identify pupils at risk of poor attendance.
  • Signpost and support access to any required services.
  • Work with LA and outside agencies as needed.

Schools- Teaching and Learning, Classroom Staff

  • Develop and/or maintain a whole school culture that promotes the benefits of good attendance
  • Build strong relationships with all pupils and their families.
  • Contact home where appropriate.
  • Ensure that all pupils are registered accurately.
  • Promote and reward good attendance with pupils at all appropriate opportunities.
  • Liaise with the attendance leader on matters of attendance and punctuality.
  • Communicate any concerns or underlying problems that may account for a child’s absence.
  • Support pupils with absence to engage with their learning once they are back in school.



  • Regularly review attendance data and help school leaders focus support on the pupils who need it.
  • Take an active role in attendance improvement, supporting schools to prioritise attendance and work together with leaders to set whole school cultures
  • Ensure school leaders fulfil expectations and statutory duties
  • Ensure school staff receive training on attendance

Local Authority

  • Have a strategy to improve attendance for their whole area.
  • Have an Attendance Support Team to work with all schools in the area.
  • Provide a named point of contact.
  • Provide opportunities for sharing effective practice.
  • Hold termly conversations with every school around attendance.
  • Work jointly with schools and relevant agencies to facilitate support for families and remove barriers to attendance.


Attendance Guidelines

Attendance Guidelines

Attendance Guidelines 2

Attendance Guidelines 2