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Working Together to Improve School Attendance - new DfE guidance effective from September 2022


As introduced at the Attendance Network Meetings in June this year the Department for Education (DfE)  has introduced new guidance for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and local authorities.  The new guidance sets out clearly the responsibilities for each organisation.


Working together to improve school attendance and the Summary table of responsibilities for school attendance can be found at Working together to improve school attendance - GOV.UK (


Initial training in respect of school’s responsibilities took place the Attendance Network Meetings in June; this outlined the expectations on schools and how the Local Authority will work with schools to achieve these new responsibilities which will become law from September 2023.


GCC are going to be working with a small group of schools over the next term to pilot the Targeting Support Meetings that will need to take place three times a year with every school when made law. The PowerPoint which outlines these responsibilities is available for schools through the bulletin board – the article is dated 22nd June 2022 should you wish to view this, it also shows where schools can access support materials from the DfE. 


One of the main changes is the requirement for all schools to have a dedicated senior leader with overall responsibility for championing and improving attendance.  We would recommend that this leader attends the future Attendance Network Meetings in order to receive the support that will enable your school to make the necessary changes; the next planned meetings will take place on 17th, 18th and 19th October and further details will be available via the Bulletin Board in due course.


If you have any queries in relation to this, please contact your Inclusion Officer directly or call Education Inclusion on 01452 427274.

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