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Please ensure that you and your staff are familiar with the DfE guidance available online at
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-exit-no-deal-preparations-for-schools-in-england/eu-exit-no-deal-preparations-for-schools-in-england
Lord Agnew (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System) issued a letter to Directors of Children’s Services requesting that it is shared with state schools. Read the ‘Guidance for schools on leaving the EU’ letter online.

10 Day Absence Reporting

Published
31.05.2019

Those schools that have a reliable data feed between their database and the LA database will no longer need to make a manual notification of 10 days continuous unauthorised absence. However, those schools and academies that do not share their data with the LA in this way will continue to need to make a manual notification in order to meet their responsibilities under The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended.

It is important as a local authority that we continue to have a central record of all children who have been absent for ten days continuously (and the absence is unauthorised). The importance of this reporting arrangement has also been underlined during very recent school inspections in our area where inspectors have contacted the LA to understand how the school fulfils its responsibilities in this regard.

It is vital that schools put in place appropriate safeguarding responses for children who are absent without authorisation, including for significant periods of time, and for children who go missing from school, particularly on repeat occasions. There are many circumstances where children may become ‘missing’ or may be absent; through these, children can be at significant risk, including risk of harm, neglect, abuse, exploitation and radicalisation, for example, as well as the risks of underachieving, poor outcomes, and becoming NEET. As per Working Together to safeguard children 2018, ‘Early intervention is necessary to identify the existence of any underlying safeguarding risk and to help prevent the risks of a child going missing in future.’ Schools must take every step to ensure that all children are safeguarded, and as part of their safeguarding duties should investigate any unexplained absences as per KCSIE statutory guidance.

 As per the CME guidance 2016:

  1. ‘Schools must monitor pupils’ attendance through their daily register. Schools should agree with their local authority the intervals at which they will inform local authorities of the details of pupils who fail to attend regularly, or have missed ten school days or more without permission. Schools should monitor attendance closely and address poor or irregular attendance. It is important that pupils’ poor attendance is referred to the local authority.

Those schools that have a reliable data feed between their database and the LA database will no longer need to make a manual notification of 10 days continuous unauthorised absence. However, those schools and academies that do not share their data with the LA in this way will continue to need to make a manual notification in order to meet their responsibilities under The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended.

Officers within the Education Inclusion Service contact schools and academies to enquire as to what actions the school is taking to support improved school attendance for the children identified, as part of the responsibilities placed on the local authority.

 

Details of the manual notification process can be found on the attendance pages of Schoolsnet: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolsnet/your-pupils/attendance/

If your school does not share its data with the Local Authority through the data feed, it is necessary to continue to complete the 10-day absence reporting template (XLSX, 19.1 KB) and return securely via Egress to attendance@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

Gloucestershire County Council would be happy to work with you to resolve any issues your school has with using the electronic data feed. Please contact our colleagues within the Schools Software Support Team by e-mail on SSO@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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