Week 28 2020

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

Published

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.
 

Announcement

From 6pm on 17 July, the education settings status survey will close to all schools and colleges because the summer term will have ended in most schools and colleges by this date. School and college attendance statistics for the 2020 to 2021 academic year will therefore be published for the last time on 21 July. 

The early years local authority survey will continue to be collected on a weekly basis throughout the summer period, as settings will continue to make childcare provision. Data on early years attendance will be published on a fortnightly basis from 21 July onward.

We would welcome your views on the proposals for early years. Please contact Datarequests.COVID@education.gov.uk if you wish to share your feedback.


Headline facts and figures - 2020

  • We estimate that 16.9% of pupils (1,608,000) were attending schools and colleges in England on 9 July, the same as on 2 July and 25 June.
  • Approximately 91% of schools and colleges were open in some capacity on 9 July, down from 93% on 2 July. These figures include independent schools and further education (FE) colleges, many of which have now closed for the summer holidays. We estimate that over 93% of state-funded primary and secondary schools were open in some capacity on 9 July.
  • We estimate 87% of primary schools were open to nursery, reception, year 1 and/or year 6 on 9 July, slightly down from 88% on 2 July. These figures include independent schools and we estimate over 89% of state-funded primary schools were open to these year groups on 9 July.
  • Attendance was highest in year 6, with approximately 43% of all year 6 children in attendance on 9 July, slightly down from 44% on 2 July. Attendance was around 37% in year 1 and 39% in reception, slightly down from 2 July (38% and 40% respectively).
  • From 15 June, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges were asked to begin providing face-to-face support to students in year 10 and 12 to supplement their learning from home, alongside full time provision for students from priority groups. We estimate 73% of schools were open to at least one of these year groups on 9 July, excluding FE colleges and special post-16 institutions, down from 75% on 2 July. These figures include independent schools and we estimate over 80% of state-funded secondary schools were open to at least one of these year groups on 9 July.
  • Approximately 13% of year 10 students were in attendance on 9 July, slightly down from 14% on 2 July. Approximately 12% of year 12 students were in attendance on 9 July, excluding students in further education (FE) colleges and special post-16 institutions, the same as on 2 July. The Department’s guidance states that schools and colleges are able to have up to a quarter of their year 10 and year 12 cohort in attendance at any one time to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Around 27% of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a social worker were attending an education setting on 9 July, up from 25% on 2 July.
  • Early years settings were also asked to begin welcoming back all children from 1 June. We estimate that on 9 July, 414,000 children were attending early years setting – about 25% of the number of children who usually attend in term time.

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