Week 35 2020

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


A summary of attendance in education settings from Monday 23 March to Friday 17 July and early years settings from Thursday 16 April to Thursday 27 August.

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


The education settings survey closed on 17 July, when most schools and colleges closed for summer. A summary of attendance in schools and colleges until the survey closed can be found in the 21 July publication here.

The early years local authority survey continues on a weekly basis and will be published fortnightly during the summer period. Ordinarily, fewer early years settings are open and fewer children are in attendance during school summer holidays. This is due to reduced demand for childcare and the closure of school-based setting

  • The number of children attending an early years setting has increased since 13 August – with 304,000 children attending on 27 August, up from 281,000 on 13 August.
  • Approximately 42% of early years settings were open in some capacity on 27 August, slightly down from 43% on 13 August.
  • Around 9,000 vulnerable children attended an early years setting on 27 August, slightly down from 10,000 on 13 August.

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