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 school holiday dates)

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This file contains daily attendance data for state-funded education settings for dates excluding half term and Easter dates. Half term includes 19th October - 23rd October 2020, 2nd November 2020, and 15 February - 19 February 2021. Easter dates include 29 March 2021 - 19 April 2021.

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
  • number of children of critical workers attending
  • number of fully open settings
  • number of open settings including inset
  • date
  • phase
Time period
2020 Week 37 to 2021 Week 9

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Week 37NationalE92000001England09/09/2020State-funded schools71153002160099.91970090.9--714800087657800090.3----------------------
2020Week 37NationalE92000001England10/09/2020State-funded schools73158002160099.92000092.4--723100088674700090----------------------
2020Week 37NationalE92000001England11/09/2020State-funded schools73157002160099.92010092.7--713000086.8669900088.713300082.21250008423200080.921700083.3--------------
2020Week 38NationalE92000001England14/09/2020State-funded schools75162002160099.92050094.8--711800086.4676800087.413300082.212600083.223100080.721800082.5--------------
2020Week 38NationalE92000001England15/09/2020State-funded schools76164002160099.92040094.4--714500086.7674500087.713300081.81250008323100080.521700082.3--------------

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 36 variables
Variable nameVariable description
number_children_of_critical_workers_attendingnumber of children of critical workers attending
number_fully_open_settingsnumber of fully open settings
number_of_otherwise_vulnerable_students_attendingnumber of otherwise vulnerable students attending
number_of_settings_with_one_or_more_students_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_settingsnumber of settings with one or more students self isolating due to COVID contact within settings


  1. Secondary schools and colleges were given flexibility to phase the return of pupils between 8 and 12 March 2021 to manage testing and the return of pupils. This impacted attendance rates during the week commencing 8 March 2021.
  2. The number of students on-site is calculated using a grossing methodology. This includes reported attendance from responding colleges and estimates of attendance in non-responding colleges. Two further education colleges are excluded from these metrics due to missing data used for the grossing methodology. See the methodology for further information.
  3. All proportions are rounded to 1 decimal place. Where open rates are rounded to 100.0%, a small number of settings may have reported that they were closed.
  4. The purpose of this data collection is primarily to understand attendance and teacher availability. This data is reported directly by schools via DfE's daily education settings survey. It is not the primary source of data on infection, incidence and COVID-19 cases overall.
  5. 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.
  6. Figures for independent schools are unlikely to be representative. We looked at a sample of non-responding school websites across different phases to assess whether they were open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. This was to enable us to assess whether non-responding schools were as likely to be open as the responding schools. For independent schools, we found evidence that non-responding schools were more likely to be closed than responding schools. Open rates and attendance rates for independent schools are likely to be lower than reported here.
  7. There are only a small number of special post 16 settings therefore the data is expected to be variable and sensitive to changes in one or more settings.
  8. 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.
  9. From 12 October 2020, schools were asked to exclude nursery children from their submission. A corresponding decrease was observed in submitted number on roll in schools with nurseries.

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