Improving Whole School Attendance and Punctuality

Programme Information

At SSAT we know from our conversations with school leaders that securing and maintaining high levels of attendance, whatever your context and no matter what the challenges, has to be tackled as a priority.

The links between good attendance, progress and attainment and future success are evidenced in research and outcomes in schools and destinations. We know that in school, every day matters and every learning experience counts towards a successful future for individual learners.

This programme will:

  • Provide an independent review of your school / academy’s attendance and punctuality systems and strategies
  • Suggest new approaches to further improve attendance and punctuality rates

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How will this programme benefit my school / academy?

  • Work with SSAT who will provide an independent and specialist focus on reviewing your whole school attendance and punctuality systems and procedures.
  • Work with an experienced Senior Education Lead to identify examples of good practice and strategies to improve attendance and punctuality.
  • Receive an independent evaluation of your systems and the impact on whole school attendance and persistent absence.

Including in the programme are the following stages:

  1. A pre-visit audit tool to evaluate your whole school practices covering the following seven focus areas:
    1. Attendance and Punctuality Policy and Strategy: A focus on the policy and strategies used to address attendance and punctuality.
    2. Leadership and Management of Attendance and Punctuality: An overview of the roles and responsibilities undertaken by staff and the relationship between stakeholders to monitor and improve attendance and punctuality.
    3. Aims, Targets and KPI’s: Explore the specific targets and key performance indicators for the school/academy.
    4. Systems and Procedures: An analysis of the criteria and monitoring procedures to support improvements in attendance and punctuality.
    5. Monitoring and Evaluation: What are the particular methods and what is the evaluation framework used to monitor, challenge and evaluate attendance approaches and procedures to support improving attendance?
    6. Attendance Data and Interventions: How is data used and analysed to support improvements to attendance and punctuality?
    7. Parental and Community Engagement: How has the school/academy engaged and raised the profile of attendance with the wider community?
  2. An online consultation with a Senior Education Lead to review and discuss the school’s systems and strategy with staff who have a strategic responsibility for monitoring and reviewing attendance and punctuality.
  3. A follow-up report providing feedback and identifying further areas to focus on and new strategies to implement.

The audit tool can be purchased separately

Accompanied by a set of self-assessment criteria, based on SSAT’s well-respected Framework for Exceptional Education, the detailed audit process provides an objective framework against which to rate your current practice as beginning, developing, embedding or transforming, and provides structure for subsequent development.

Audit tool Price
£129 plus VAT – Members
£179 plus VAT – Non-members

Purchase audit tool

We were able to share successful strategies and utilise your experiences and expertise to identify strategies that we could adopt or strengthen to improve our provision.

How does it work?

The process is usually completed in two months. There is some flexibility however once the process has started it has to be completed within six months. Please note no refunds will be issued.

The review with the Senior Education Lead will be completed through phone calls and online meetings.

The programme is suitable for primary, secondary and special schools.

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Full programme:
£1,075 (member schools)
£1,290 (non-member schools)

Audit tool only:
£129 (member schools)
£179 (non-member schools)

All prices exclusive of VAT.

Discounts are available for groups of schools and MATs completing the programme together.

More info

Contact us on 020 7802 0955 or by email.