Week 26 2020

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


A summary of attendance in schools and colleges since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April.

These statistics have been produced quickly in response to developing world events. The Office for Statistics Regulation, on behalf of the UK Statistics Authority, has reviewed them against several key aspects of the Code of Practice for Statistics and regards them as consistent with the Code’s pillars of Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.

Headline facts and figures - 2020

  • We estimate that 15.6% of pupils (1,483,000) were attending schools and colleges on 25 June, up from 12.2% on 18 June.
  • Approximately 93% of schools and colleges in England were open in some capacity on 25 June, up from 92% on 18 June. This figure includes independent schools and further education colleges, a proportion of which continue to provide online teaching to students. We estimate that over 95% of state-funded primary and secondary schools were open in some capacity.
  • We estimate 89% of primary schools were open to nursery, reception, year 1 and/or year 6 on 25 June, up from 78% on 18 June.
  • Attendance was highest in year 6, with approximately 41% of all year 6 children in attendance on 25 June, up from 34% on 18 June. Attendance was around 34% in year 1, up from 26%, and 36% in reception, up from 29%.
  • We estimate 74% of secondary schools, excluding FE colleges and special post-16 institutions, were open to year 10 and/or year 12 on 25 June, up from 60% on 18 June.
  • Approximately 13% of year 10 and year 12 students were in attendance on 25 June, excluding students in further education (FE) colleges and special post-16 institutions, up from 10% of year 10 and year 12 students in attendance on 18 June. The Department's guidance states that schools and colleges are able to have a quarter of their year 10 and year 12 cohort in attendance at any one time to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Around 23% of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a social worker were attending a school or college on 25 June, up from 22% on 18 June.
  • Early years settings were also asked to begin welcoming back all children from 1 June. We estimate that on 25 June, 320,000 children were attending early years setting – about 20% of children who usually attend in term time.

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