Effective practice in improving attendance in primary schools - June 2015


This report is the second of two thematic reviews produced by Estyn in response to a request for advice about practice in improving attendance from the Minister for Education and Skills in his annual remit letter. The first report, published in September 2014, focused on strategies and actions in secondary schools and local authorities to improve attendance. This report focuses on practices in primary schools that have led to good or improving levels of attendance and includes case studies of best practice.
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Schools should:

  • Implement the strategies identified in this report to make sure that all pupils attend school regularly

Local authorities and consortia should:

  • facilitate the sharing of best practice between schools, local authorities and regional consortia
  • make sure that challenge advisers challenge and support school leaders in relation to action on pupil attendance

The Welsh Government should:

  • publicise the ‘Strategies for schools to improve attendance and manage lateness’ portion of the ‘All Wales Attendance Framework’