Week 50 2020

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

Data guidance

Published

Description

A summary of attendance in education settings from Monday 23 March to Thursday 9 December and early years settings from Thursday 16 April to Thursday 9 December.

From 12 October, the education settings survey changed and therefore some metrics that used to be presented have been discontinued. The changes were made to give more comprehensive data about how many pupils are isolating from school for different reasons. There are no comparable figures to these from previous weeks.

This publication provides a high-level national summary of estimates from the Department for Education's education settings survey and local authority early years survey. We are working to expand the scope of published data in future releases. 

Coverage

The data covers England only. Statistics in table 1a and 1b are shown at national level and local authority level. 

File formats and conventions

All files are .csv format. 

Where metrics have been discontinued due to a change in the education settings survey, a “-” symbol is used in that particular cell. 

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Table 1A - Daily attendance in education settings during the COVID19 outbreak (data for half term dates only - 19th October - 23rd October and 2nd November)

Filename
table_1a_daily_attendance_in_state_schools_during_covid19__half_term_data_19oct_to_2nov.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 43 to 2020 Week 45
Content

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

Schools within Local Authorities which were on half term were removed from calculations. For this reason, data within this file is not comparable to data within table 1b.  

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

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
Attendance_in_all_state_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysAttendance in all state schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
dateDate
Number_of_children_attending_state_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysNumber of children attending state schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Number_of_open_state_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysNumber of open state schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Number_of_pupils_with_a_SW_attending_in_all_state-funded_schoolsexcluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysNumber of pupils with a SW attending in all state-funded schools(excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Number_of_pupils_with_an_EHCP_attending_in_all_state-funded_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysNumber of pupils with an EHCP attending in all state-funded schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Number_of_state_schools_responded_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysNumber of state schools responded (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Number_of_state_schools_with_one_or_more_pupils_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_school_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysNumber of state schools with one or more pupils self isolating due to COVID contact within school (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Proportion_of_open_state_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysProportion of open state schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Proportion_of_pupils_with_a_SW_attending_in_all_state-funded_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysProportion of pupils with a SW attending in all state-funded schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Proportion_of_pupils_with_an_EHCP_attending_in_all_state-funded_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysProportion of pupils with an EHCP attending in all state-funded schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Proportion_of_state_schools_with_one_or_more_pupils_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_school_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysProportion of state schools with one or more pupils self isolating due to COVID contact within school (excluding schools on half term or inset days)
Response_rate_from_state_schools_excluding_schools_on_half_term_or_inset_daysResponse rate from state schools (excluding schools on half term or inset days)

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

Filename
table_1b_daily_attendance_in_state_schools_during_covid19_from1sept_excluding_half_term.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 37 to 2020 Week 50
Content

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.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
dateDate
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_fully_open_state_schoolsNumber of fully open state schools
number_of_state_schools_with_one_or_more_pupils_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_schoolNumber of state schools with one or more pupils self isolating due to COVID contact within school
number_open_state_schoolsNumber of open state schools
number_pupils_with_EHCP_attending_fully_open_state-funded_schoolsNumber of pupils with an EHCP attending in fully open state-funded schools
number_pupils_with_EHCP_attending_state-funded_schoolsNumber of pupils with an EHCP attending in all state-funded schools
number_pupils_with_SW_attending_fully_open_state-funded_schoolsNumber of pupils with a SW attending in fully open state-funded schools
number_pupils_with_SW_attending_state_funded_schoolsNumber of pupils with a SW attending in all state-funded schools
number_state_schools_respondedNumber of state schools responded
proportion_children_attending_fully_open_state_schoolsAttendance in fully open state schools
proportion_children_attending_state_schoolsAttendance in all state schools
proportion_fully_open_state_schoolsProportion of fully open state schools
proportion_of_state_schools_with_one_or_more_pupils_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_schoolProportion of state schools with one or more pupils self isolating due to COVID contact within school
proportion_open_state_schoolsProportion of open state schools
proportion_pupils_with_EHCP_attending_fully_open_state-funded_schoolsProportion of pupils with an EHCP attending in fully open state-funded schools
proportion_pupils_with_EHCP_attending_state-funded_schoolsProportion of pupils with an EHCP attending in all state-funded schools
proportion_pupils_with_SW_attending_in_fully_open_state-funded_schoolsProportion of pupils with a SW attending in fully open state-funded schools
proportion_pupils_with_SW_attending_state_funded_schoolsProportion of pupils with a SW attending in all state-funded schools
response_rate_state_schoolsResponse rate from state schools

Table 1C- Weekly attendance in state schools during the COVID outbreak at local authority level

Filename
table_1c_weekly_attendance_in_state_schools_during_covid19_since_11_sept_at_la_level_.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority
Time period
2020 Week 37 to 2020 Week 50
Content

This file contains weekly attendance data for state-funded education settings for each Thursday since 10 September. 

The data is shown for each local authority and is further split by the following school phases:

  • state-funded secondary schools
  • state-funded primary schools
  •  state-funded special schools 
  • all state-funded schools. 

Data is in this file has been not been scaled to account for non-response so it is not nationally representative.

 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
DateDate
Lower_estimate_as_%_of_all_pupilsLower estimate for total pupils unable to attend school because of COVID-19 as % of all pupils
Lower_estimate_for_total_pupils_self_isolatingLower estimate for total pupils self-isolating due to a potential contact with COVID-19
Lower_estimate_for_total_pupils_unable_to_attend_school_because_of_COVID-19Lower estimate for total pupils unable to attend school because of COVID-19
Lower_estimate_self_isolating_as_%_of_all_pupilsLower estimate for total pupils self-isolating due to a potential contact with COVID-19 as % of all pupils
number_children_attendingNumber of children attending schools
number_children_attending_fully_openNumber of children attending fully open schools
number_fully_open_schoolsProportion of fully open schools
number_of_schools_with_one_or_more_pupils_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_schoolNumber of schools with one or more pupils self isolating due to COVID contact within school
number_open_schoolsNumber of open schools
number_pupils_with_EHCP_attendingNumber of pupils with an EHCP attending
number_pupils_with_EHCP_attending_fully_openNumber of pupils with an EHCP attending in fully open schools
number_pupils_with_SW_attendingNumber of pupils with a SW attending
number_pupils_with_SW_attending_fully_openNumber of pupils with a SW attending in fully open schools
number_schools_respondedNumber of schools responded
PhasePhase of education
proportion_children_attendingAttendance in schools (%)
proportion_children_attending_fully_openAttendance in fully open schools (%)
proportion_fully_open_schoolsNumber of fully open schools
proportion_of_schools_with_one_or_more_pupils_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_schoolProportion of schools with one or more pupils self isolating due to COVID contact within school
proportion_open_schoolsProportion of open schools
proportion_pupils_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID-19Proportion of pupils absent with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (%)
proportion_pupils_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_COVID-19Proportion of pupils absent with a suspected case of COVID-19 (%)
proportion_pupils_not_attending_because_school_is_closedProportion of pupils not attending because school is closed (%)
proportion_pupils_with_EHCP_attendingProportion of pupils with an EHCP attending (%)
proportion_pupils_with_EHCP_attending_fully_openProportion of pupils with an EHCP attending in fully open schools (%)
proportion_pupils_with_SW_attendingProportion of pupils with a SW attending (%)
proportion_pupils_with_SW_attending_fully_openProportion of pupils with a SW attending in fully open schools (%)
response_rateResponse rate
Total_pupils_absent_from_open_schools_with_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID-19Total pupils absent from open schools with a confirmed case of COVID-19
Total_pupils_absent_from_open_schools_with_a_suspected_case_of_COVID-19Total pupils absent from open schools with a suspected case of COVID-19
Total_pupils_not_attending_because_school_is_closedTotal pupils not attending because school is closed
Upper_estimate_as_%_of_all_pupilsUpper estimate for total pupils unable to attend school because of COVID-19 as % of all pupils
Upper_estimate_for_total_pupils_self_isolatingUpper estimate for total pupils self-isolating due to a potential contact with COVID-19
Upper_estimate_for_total_pupils_unable_to_attend_school_because_of_COVID-19Upper estimate for total pupils unable to attend school because of COVID-19
Upper_estimate_self_isolating_as_%_of_all_pupilsUpper estimate for total pupils self-isolating due to a potential contact with COVID-19 as % of all pupils

Table 2- Daily attendance in early years settings during the COVID outbreak

Filename
table_2_daily_attendance_in_early_years_settings_during_covid_19_outbreak.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 16 to 2020 Week 50
Content

The data in this file contains weekly attendance data for early years settings. Data is in this file has been scaled to account for non-response so it is nationally representative.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
Children_attendingNumber of children attending early years settings
Children_of_critical_workers_attendingChildren of critical workers attending early years settings
Closed_settingsNumber of closed early years settings
dateDate
Open_settingsNumber of open early years settings
Proportion_of_settings_closedProportion of early years settings closed
Proportion_of_settings_openProportion of early years settings open
Proportion_of_settings_with_unknown_statusProportion of early years settings with unknown status
Settings_with_unknown_statusNumber of settings with unknown status
Vulnerable_children_attendingNumber of vulnerable children attending early years settings

Table 3 - Daily attendance in education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak Pre 17 July

Filename
table_3_daily_attendance_in_education_settings_during_covid19_pre17july.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 13 to 2020 Week 29
Content

This file contains daily attendance data for state-funded education settings from 23 March - 17th July inclusive. Data is in this file has been scaled to account for non-response so it is nationally representative.  Please see the methodology document for more information. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
attending_nurseryChildren attending nursery
attending_receptionChildren attending reception
attending_year1Children attending year 1
attending_year10Children attending year 10
attending_year12Children attending year 12
attending_year6Children attending year 6
children_attendingChildren attending
children_critical_workers_attendingChildren of critical workers attending
children_with_ehcp_attendingChildren with an EHCP attending
children_with_ehcp_or_social_worker_attendingChildren with an EHCP or social worker attending
children_with_social_worker_attendingChildren with a social worker attending
dateDate
nonteaching_staff_attending_excluding_teaching_assistantsNon-teaching staff attending (excludes teaching assistants)
nonteaching_staff_attending_including_teaching_assistantsNon-teaching staff attending (includes teaching assistants)
open_settingsOpen settings
open_settings_to_nursery_reception_year1_or_year6Settings open to nursery reception year 1 or year 6
open_settings_to_year10_or_year12Settings open to year 10 or year 12
otherwise_vulnerable_children_attendingOtherwise vulnerable children attending
proportion_attending_nursery_open_settingsProportion of nursery children in open settings attending
proportion_attending_nursery_settingsProportion of nursery children attending
proportion_attending_receptionProportion of reception children attending
proportion_attending_reception_open_settingsProportion of reception children in open settings attending
proportion_attending_year1Proportion of year 1 children attending
proportion_attending_year1_open_settingsProportion of year 1 children in open settings attending
proportion_attending_year10Proportion of year 10 children attending
proportion_attending_year10_open_settingsProportion of year 10 children in open settings attending
proportion_attending_year12Proportion of year 12 children attending
proportion_attending_year12_open_settingsProportion of year 12 children in open settings attending
proportion_attending_year6Proportion of year 6 children attending
proportion_attending_year6_open_settingsProportion of year 6 children in open settings attending
proportion_children_attendingProportion of children attending
proportion_children_with_ehcp_or_social_worker_attendingProportion of children with an EHCP or social worker attending
proportion_of_settings_openProportion of settings open
proportion_of_settings_open_to_nursery_reception_year1_or_year6Proportion of settings usually accepting these year groups open to nursery reception year 1 or year 6
proportion_of_settings_open_to_year10_or_year12Proportion of settings usually accepting these year groups open to year 10 or year 12
response_rateResponse rate
teaching_staff_attending_excluding_teaching_assistantsTeaching staff attending (excludes teaching assistants)
teaching_staff_attending_including_teaching_assistantsTeaching staff attending (includes teaching assistants)
vulnerable_children_attendingVulnerable children attending

Table 4 - Daily attendance in responding education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak not nationally representative Pre 17 July

Filename
table_4_daily_attendance_in_responding_education_settings_during_the_covid19_outbreak_not_nationally_representative_pre17july.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 23 to 2020 Week 29
Content

This file contains daily attendance data for state-funded education settings from 23 March - 17th July inclusive. Data is in this file only contains data on responding schools so it is not nationally representative.  Please see the methodology document for more information. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
dateDate
open_responding_settings_not_nationally_representativeOpen responding settings (not nationally representative)
open_responding_settings_to_nursery_reception_year1_or_year6_not_nationally_representativeSettings open to nursery reception year 1 or year 6 (not nationally representative)
open_responding_settings_to_year10_or_year12_not_nationally_representativeSettings open to year 10 or year 12 (not nationally representative)
proportion_of_responding_settings_open_not_nationally_representativeProportion of responding settings open (not nationally representative)
proportion_of_responding_settings_open_to_nursery_reception_year1_or_year6_not_nationally_representativeProportion of settings usually accepting these year groups open to nursery reception year 1 or year 6 (not nationally representative)
proportion_of_responding_settings_open_to_year10_or_year12_not_nationally_representativeProportion of settings usually accepting these year groups open to year 10 or year 12 (not nationally representative)
response_rateResponse rate