Data set from Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Table 1B - Daily attendance in education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak (excludes half term dates 19th October - 23rd October and 2nd November)

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This file contains daily attendance data for state-funded education settings for dates excluding half term dates. Half term includes  19th October - 23rd October, and 2nd November. 

Data is in this file has been scaled to account for non-response so it is nationally representative.

Further details on the column headings can be found in the “Table 1b variable additions and removal log” ancillary file.

Data set details

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Attendance in all state schools
  • Attendance in fully open state schools
  • Number of children attending fully open state schools
  • Date
Time period
2020 Week 37 to 2021 Week 6

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Week 37NationalE92000001England09/09/202071153002160099.91970090.9--714800087657800090.3---------
2020Week 37NationalE92000001England10/09/202073158002160099.92000092.4--723100088674700090---------
2020Week 37NationalE92000001England11/09/202073157002160099.92010092.7--713000086.8669900088.713300082.21250008423200080.921700083.3-
2020Week 38NationalE92000001England14/09/202075162002160099.92050094.8--711800086.4676800087.413300082.212600083.223100080.721800082.5-
2020Week 38NationalE92000001England15/09/202076164002160099.92040094.4--714500086.7674500087.713300081.81250008323100080.521700082.3-

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 22 variables
Variable nameVariable description
number_children_attending_fully_open_state_schoolsNumber of children attending fully open state schools
number_children_attending_state_schoolsNumber of children attending state schools
number_children_of_critical_workers_attending_state_funded_schoolsNumber of children of critical workers attending state-funded schools
number_fully_open_state_schoolsNumber of fully open state schools


  1. Schools are considered fully open if they are able to provide face-to-face teaching for all pupils on roll for the whole school day and they have not asked a group of pupils to self-isolate. School guidance states that where pupils are unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical or public health advice, schools are expected to be able to immediately offer them access to remote education.
  2. All national level figures are adjusted for non-response. Regional and local authority level figures are based on responding schools only. See accompanying document for full methodology.
  3. Pupils with a social worker are considered ‘children in need’. Our analysis after adjusting for non-response suggests that schools may be under-reporting the number of children with a social worker when compared to the most recently published children in need statistics. Therefore these estimates only account for pupils with a social worker that are identified by schools.
  4. Due to poor weather conditions in parts of England, there was an increase in non-COVID related closures on 14, 15, 25 and 26 January, and 2, 8, 9, 10 and 11 February.
  5. Response rates among state-funded schools fell on 17 December by 7 percentage points compared to the previous day. Some schools reported inset days or non-COVID related closures on 17 December (1% of responders). Schools are not required to complete the form if on a planned holiday, such as Christmas break and, previously, decreases in response rates have been associated with an increase in school closures. As a result, it is likely there is a greater proportion of closures among non-responders than responder and we do not know the distribution of these between i) COVID-related closures and ii) schools starting Christmas holidays or having inset days as planned. Therefore, estimates for 17 December are less reliable than previous days and likely overestimate open and attendance rates.
  6. The following education settings are included: academies (including free schools and studio schools), local authority maintained schools (excluding local authority nursery schools), non-maintained special schools, alternative provision and university technical colleges.
  7. From 12 October, schools were asked to exclude nursery children from their submission. A corresponding decrease was observed in submitted number on roll in schools with nurseries.
  8. On Wednesday 7th October, a burst water pipe in East London resulted in a number of schools closing.
  9. On 25 September and 2 October, 1% of state-funded schools reported an inset or training day. Schools or colleges with inset or training days are considered as 'open' but not 'fully open'.
  10. From 12 October, the education settings survey changed and this new metric was added. The changes were made to give more comprehensive data about how many pupils are self-isolating for different reasons. There are no comparable figures to these from previous weeks.
  11. From 12 October, the education settings survey changed and this metric was discontinued. The changes were made to give more comprehensive data about how many pupils are self-isolating for different reasons.

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