Week 19 2021

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 2020 to Thursday 6 May 2021 and early years settings from Thursday 16 April 2020 to Thursday 29 April 2021.

From 12 October 2020, 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 tables 1a, 1b, 1d, 1e, 2, 3 and 4 are given at national level. Statistics in tables 1c and 5 are given at 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 during the COVID-19 outbreak in holiday periods (not comparable to other time periods)

Filename
table_1a_daily_attendance_in_education_settings_during_covid_19_half_terms_and_easter.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 43 to 2021 Week 16
Content

This file contains daily attendance data for state-funded education settings for dates affected by October half term and Easter break only.

Settings on half term or Easter break are excluded from these figures. 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 of settings that were not on half term or Easter break.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
dateDate
Number_open_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of open settings, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_responded_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of settings responded, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_absent_because_setting_is_closed_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students absent because their school is closed for covid-related reasons, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_absent_covid_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students absent for covid related reasons (a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus, self-isolation or school closure for covid-related reasons), excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_absent_from_open_settings_confirmed_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students absent from open settings due to a confirmed case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_absent_from_open_settings_contact_with_case_of_covid_inside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_absent_from_open_settings_contact_with_case_of_covid_outside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus outside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_absent_from_open_settings_suspected_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students absent from open settings due to a suspected case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_fsm_eligible_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students eligible for free school meals attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_with_ehcp_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_students_with_sw_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of students with a social worker attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_confirmed_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to a confirmed case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_inside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_outside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus outside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_for_other_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teachers and school leaders absent for other reasons, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_suspected_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to a suspected case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_roll_in_open_settings_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teachers and school leaders on roll in open settings, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_confirmed_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to a confirmed case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_inside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_outside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus outside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_other_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teaching assistants and other staff absent for other reasons, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_suspected_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to a suspected case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_roll_in_open_settings_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of teaching assistants and other staff on roll in open settings, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Number_with_one_or_more_students_self_isolating_due_to_covid_contact_in_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayNumber of settings with one or more students self-isolating due to contact with a case of coronavirus in the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
phaseSetting type or phase
Proportion_open_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of open settings, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_absent_because_setting_is_closed_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students absent because their school is closed for covid-related reasons, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_absent_covid_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students absent for covid related reasons (a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus, self-isolation or school closure for covid-related reasons), excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_absent_from_open_settings_contact_with_case_of_covid_inside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_absent_from_open_settings_contact_with_case_of_covid_outside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus outside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_absent_from_open_settings_suspected_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students absent from open settings due to a suspected case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_absent_from_open_settings_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students absent from open settings due to a confirmed case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_fsm_eligible_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students eligible for free school meals attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_with_ehcp_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_students_with_sw_attending_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of students with a social worker attending on-site, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_confirmed_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to a confirmed case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_inside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_outside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus outside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_covid_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teachers and school leaders absent for covid related reasons (a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus or self-isolation), excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_for_other_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teachers and school leaders absent for other reasons, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_suspected_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teachers and school leaders absent from open settings due to a suspected case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_confirmed_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to a confirmed case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_inside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus inside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_contact_with_case_of_covid_outside_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to self-isolation as a result of potential contact with a case of coronavirus outside the setting, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_covid_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent for covid related reasons (a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus or self-isolation), excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_other_reasons_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent for other reasons, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_suspected_case_of_covid_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent from open settings due to a suspected case of coronavirus, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Proportion_with_one_or_more_students_self_isolating_due_to_covid_contact_in_setting_excl_settings_on_holidayProportion of settings with one or more students self-isolating due to contact with a case of coronavirus in the settings, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Response_rate_excl_settings_on_holidayResponse rate, excluding settings expected to be on holiday
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Absence rates for teaching assistants and other staff are likely to be less robust as more work part-time. There are likely to be inconsistencies in how schools treat part time staff in their reported data, for example some may update their on roll numbers daily to account for part-time staff ‘expected’ to be on-site and others may not.
  3. Workforce absences are not known in closed schools. This means these figures are likely to be under-estimates of the numbers of workforce with confirmed or suspected cases and self-isolating, particularly when the proportion of schools closed for COVID-19 related reasons is higher.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. On-site testing for staff was available from 4 January to 5 March 2021. All staff are now encouraged to take two rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home. For staff classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, on-site attendance at work is not mandatory. Rates of confirmed cases and self-isolation among workforce may be impacted by levels of testing.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Table 1B - Daily attendance in education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak (excludes school holiday dates

Filename
table_1b_daily_attendance_in_state_schools_during_covid_19_from_1sept.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 37 to 2021 Week 18
Content

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.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
datedate
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
number_open_including_insetnumber of open settings including inset
number_respondednumber of settings responded
number_students_attendingnumber of students attending
number_students_attending_fully_open_settingsnumber of students attending fully open settings
number_students_eligible_fsm_attendingnumber of students eligible for fsm attending
number_students_with_ehcp_attendingnumber of students with ehcp attending
number_students_with_ehcp_attending_fully_open_settingsnumber of students with ehcp attending fully open settings
number_students_with_sw_attendingnumber of students with sw attending
number_students_with_sw_attending_fully_open_settingsnumber of students with sw attending fully open settings
phasephase
proportion_fully_open_settingsproportion of fully open settings
proportion_of_settings_with_one_or_more_students_self_isolating_due_to_COVID_contact_within_settingsproportion of settings with one or more students self isolating due to COVID contact within settings
proportion_open_including_insetproportion of open settings including inset
proportion_students_absent_from_open_settings_due_to_potential_contact_with_case_of_COVID19_inside_settingproportion of students absent from open settings due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside setting
proportion_students_absent_from_open_settings_due_to_potential_contact_with_case_of_COVID19_outside_settingproportion of students absent from open settings due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside setting
proportion_students_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19proportion students absent with a confirmed case of COVID19
proportion_students_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19proportion of students absent with a suspected case of COVID19
proportion_students_attendingproportion of students attending
proportion_students_attending_fully_open_settingsproportion of students attending fully open settings
proportion_students_eligible_fsm_attendingproportion of students eligible for fsm attending
proportion_students_not_attending_because_setting_is_closedproportion of students not attending because setting is closed
proportion_students_with_ehcp_attendingproportion of students with ehcp attending
proportion_students_with_ehcp_attending_fully_open_settingsproportion of students with ehcp attending fully open settings
proportion_students_with_sw_attendingproportion of students with sw attending
proportion_students_with_sw_attending_in_fully_open_settingsproportion of students with sw attending fully open settings
response_rateresponse rate
total_students_absent_from_open_settings_due_to_potential_contact_with_case_of_COVID19_inside_settingtotal students absent from open settings due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside setting
total_students_absent_from_open_settings_due_to_potential_contact_with_case_of_COVID19_outside_settingtotal students absent from open settings due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside setting
total_students_absent_from_open_settings_with_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19total students absent from open settings with a confirmed case of COVID19
total_students_absent_from_open_settings_with_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19total students absent from open settings with a suspected case of COVID19
total_students_not_attending_because_setting_is_closedtotal students not attending because setting is closed
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Table 1C - Attendance in state-funded schools during the COVID-19 outbreak at local authority level

Filename
table_1c_attendance_in_state_schools_during_covid19_since_11_sept_at_la_level_.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority; Regional
Time period
2020 Week 37 to 2021 Week 13
Content

This file contains weekly attendance data at local authority level for state-funded education settings for each Thursday in the autumn term (from 10 September until 17 December 2020) and for the spring term (13 January until 1 April 2021). It also includes workforce absence statistics in the autumn term (from 10 September until 17 December 2020) and the spring term (13 January until 1 April 2021).

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
low_response_flagIndicates whether the data is based on a low response rate (50% or less)
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_children_of_critical_workers_attending_state_funded_schoolsNumber of children of critical workers attending
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_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_for_other_reasonsTotal teachers and school leaders absent for non-COVID reasons
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Total teachers and school leaders absent from open schools with a confirmed case of COVID-19
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Total teachers and school leaders absent from open schools with a suspected case of COVID-19
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsTotal teachers and school leaders estimated attending on site in open settings
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolTotal teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolTotal teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolTotal teachers and school leaders isolating from open schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 inside setting
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolTotal teachers and school leaders isolating from open schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 outside setting
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_roll_in_responding_schoolsTotal teachers and school leaders estimated on roll in all responding schools
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_roll_responding_open_schoolsTotal teachers and school leaders estimated on roll in all open responding schools
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_roll_responding_schools_closed_due_to_covidTotal teachers and school leaders estimated on roll in all responding schools closed due to COVID-19
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_all_COVID_reasonsTotal teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due all COVID reasons
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Total teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Total teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_other_reasonsTotal teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_other_reasonsTotal teaching assistants or other staff members absent for non-COVID reasons
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Total teaching assistants or other staff members absent from open schools with a confirmed case of COVID-19
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Total teaching assistants or other staff members absent from open schools with a suspected case of COVID-19
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsTotal teaching assistants and support staff estimated attending on site in open settings
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolTotal teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolTotal teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolTotal teaching assistants or other staff members isolating from open schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 inside setting
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolTotal teaching assistants or other staff members isolating from open schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 outside setting
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_roll_in_open_responding_schoolsTotal teaching assistants or other staff members estimated on roll in all open responding schools
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_roll_in_responding_schoolsTotal teaching assistants or other staff members estimated on roll in all responding schools
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_roll_responding_schools_closed_due_to_covidTotal teaching assistants or other staff members estimated on roll in all responding schools closed due to COVID-19
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Total teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Total teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_all_COVID_reasonsTotal teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to all COVID reasons
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_other_reasonsTotal teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
number_open_schoolsNumber of open schools
number_pupils_eligible_for_FSM_attendingNumber of pupils eligible for FSM attending
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_all_children_in_attendance_who_are_children_of_critical_workersProportion of children in attendance who are children of critical workers (%)
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_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_for_other_reasonsTeachers and school leaders absent for non-COVID reasons (%)
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Teachers and school leaders absent from schools with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (%)
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Teachers and school leaders absent from schools with a suspected case of COVID-19 (%)
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsProportion of teachers and school leaders estimated attending on site in open settings
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolProportion of teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolProportion of teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolTeachers and school leaders isolating from schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 inside setting (%)
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolTeachers and school leaders isolating from schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 outside setting (%)
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_all_COVID_reasonsProportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due all COVID reasons
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_other_reasonsProportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_other_reasonsTeaching assistants or other staff members absent for non-COVID reasons (%)
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Teaching assistants or other staff members absent from schools with a confirmed case of COVID-19 (%)
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Teaching assistants or other staff members absent from schools with a suspected case of COVID-19 (%)
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsProportion of teaching assistants and support staff estimated attending on site in open settings
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolProportion of teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolProportion of teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolTeaching assistants or other staff members isolating from schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 inside setting (%)
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolTeaching assistants or other staff members isolating from schools due to a potential contact with a case of COVID-19 outside setting (%)
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_all_COVID_reasonsProportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to all COVID reasons
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_other_reasonsProportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
proportion_open_schoolsProportion of open schools
proportion_pupils_absent_from_open_schools_self_isolating_due_to_contact_inside_settingProportion of pupils absent from open schools due to contact with a potential case of COVID-19 inside the setting (%)
proportion_pupils_absent_from_open_schools_self_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_settingProportion of pupils absent from open schools due to contact with a potential case of COVID-19 outside the setting (%)
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_eligible_for_FSM_attendingProportion of pupils eligible for FSM attending (%)
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
small_flagIndicates whether the data is based on a small number of settings (10 or less)
Total_pupils_absent_from_open_schools_self_isolating_due_to_contact_inside_settingTotal pupils absent from open schools due to contact with a potential case of COVID-19 inside the setting
Total_pupils_absent_from_open_schools_self_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_settingTotal pupils absent from open schools due to contact with a potential case of COVID-19 outside the setting
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
Footnotes
  1. Data is based on responding schools only. Unlike national level data, no adjustments are made for non-response. Response rates vary by local authority and different schools within a region may respond on different days. Care should be taken when comparing regions and when interpreting trends over time because differences could be due to response bias or different schools being included in the data.
  2. Absence rates for teaching assistants and other staff are likely to be less robust as more work part-time. There are likely to be inconsistencies in how schools treat part time staff in their reported data, for example some may update their on roll numbers daily to account for part-time staff ‘expected’ to be on-site and others may not.
  3. Workforce absences are not known in closed schools. This means these figures are likely to be under-estimates of the numbers of workforce with confirmed or suspected cases and self-isolating, particularly when the proportion of schools closed for COVID-19 related reasons is higher.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. On-site testing for staff was available from 4 January to 5 March 2021. All staff are now encouraged to take two rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home. For staff classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, on-site attendance at work is not mandatory. Rates of confirmed cases and self-isolation among workforce may be impacted by levels of testing.
  7. COVID-19 related reasons include a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus and self-isolation due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus. Staff that are shielding would not be included in these figures.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Table 1D - Daily workforce absence in education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak (12 October to 17 December, 8 March to 6 May)

Filename
table_1d_daily_workforce_absence_in_education_settings_during_covid_19_excluding_spring_lockdown_.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 42 to 2021 Week 18
Content

This file contains workforce absence statistics for education settings from 12 October 2020 to 17 December 2020 and again following wider reopening of schools, from 8 March 2021 to 6 May 2021. It excludes half term terms (19th October - 23rd October, and 2nd November 2020), the national lockdown during the spring term (4 January to 5 March 2021), and Easter data (29 March - 19 April 2021). Data for workforce during the restricted opening of schools can be found in table 1e.

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
dateDate
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_for_other_reasonsNumber of teachers and school leaders absent for other reasons
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Number of teachers and school leaders absent with a confirmed case of covid-19
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Number of teachers and school leaders absent with a suspected case of covid-19
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolNumber of teachers and school leaders isolating due to contact in school
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolNumber of teachers and school leaders isolating due to contact outside school
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_rollNumber of teachers and school leaders on roll
number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_roll_in_open_settingsNumber of teachers and school leaders on roll in open settings
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_other_reasonsNumber of teaching assistants and other staff absent for other reasons
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Number of teaching assistants and other staff absent with a confirmed case of covid-19
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Number of teaching assistants and other staff absent with a suspected case of covid-19
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolNumber of teaching assistants and other staff isolating due to contact in school
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolNumber of teaching assistants and other staff isolating due to contact outside school
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_rollNumber of teaching assistants and other staff on roll
number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_roll_in_open_settingsNumber of teaching assistants and other staff on roll in open settings
phasePhase of education
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_for_covid19_reasonsProportion of teachers and school leaders absent for COVID-19 reasons
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_for_other_reasonsProportion of teachers and school leaders absent for other reasons
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Proportion of teachers and school leaders absent with a confirmed case of covid-19
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Proportion of teachers and school leaders absent with a suspected case of covid-19
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolProportion of teachers and school leaders isolating due to contact in school
proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolProportion of teachers and school leaders isolating due to contact outside school
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_covid19_reasonsProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent for COVID-19 reasons
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_for_other_reasonsProportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent for other reasons
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_confirmed_case_of_covid_19Proportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent with a confirmed case of covid-19
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_absent_with_a_suspected_case_of_covid_19Proportion of teaching assistants and other staff absent with a suspected case of covid-19
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_in_schoolProportion of teaching assistants and other staff isolating due to contact in school
proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_isolating_due_to_contact_outside_schoolProportion of teaching assistants and other staff isolating due to contact outside school
response_rateResponse rate
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Absence rates for teaching assistants and other staff are likely to be less robust as more work part-time. There are likely to be inconsistencies in how schools treat part time staff in their reported data, for example some may update their on roll numbers daily to account for part-time staff ‘expected’ to be on-site and others may not.
  3. Workforce absences are not known in closed schools. This means these figures are likely to be under-estimates of the numbers of workforce with confirmed or suspected cases and self-isolating, particularly when the proportion of schools closed for COVID-19 related reasons is higher.
  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. On-site testing for staff was available from 4 January to 5 March 2021. All staff are now encouraged to take two rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home. For staff classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, on-site attendance at work is not mandatory. Rates of confirmed cases and self-isolation among workforce may be impacted by levels of testing.
  6. COVID-19 related reasons include a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus and self-isolation due to potential contact with a case of coronavirus. Staff that are shielding would not be included in these figures.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Table 1E - Daily workforce absence in education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak (Spring lockdown - 11 January to 5 March 2021)

Filename
table_1e_daily_workforce_attendance_and_absence_in_education_settings_during_covid19_11_jan_onwards.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2021 Week 2 to 2021 Week 9
Content

This file contains workforce absence statistics for education settings during restricted opening from 11 January to 5 March 2021, excluding half term dates from 15 - 19 February 2021. Data is not comparable to workforce absence estimates collected in the autumn term.

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
dateDate
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsNumber of teachers and school leaders attending on site in open schools
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolNumber of teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolNumber of teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_roll_in_closed_schoolsNumber of teachers and school leaders on roll in closed schools
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_on_roll_in_open_schoolsNumber of teachers and school leaders on roll in open schools
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schoolsNumber of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Number of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Number of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Number_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_non_COVID_reasonsNumber of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsNumber of teaching assistants and other staff attending on site in open schools
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolNumber of teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolNumber of teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_roll_in_closed_schoolsNumber of teaching assistants and other staff on roll in closed schools
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_on_roll_in_open_schoolsNumber of teaching assistants and other staff on roll in open schools
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schoolsNumber of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Number of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Number of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Number_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_non_COVID_reasonsNumber of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
phasePhase of education
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsProportion of teachers and school leaders attending on site in open schools
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolProportion of teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolProportion of teachers and school leaders in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schoolsProportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teachers_and_school_leaders_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_non_COVID_reasonsProportion of teachers and school leaders who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_attending_on_site_in_open_schoolsProportion of teaching assistants and other staff attending on site in open schools
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_inside_the_schoolProportion of teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 inside the school
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_in_open_schools_self_isolating_and_cannot_teach_remotely_due_to_potential_contact_with_a_case_of_COVID19_outside_the_schoolProportion of teaching assistants and other staff in open schools self isolating and cannot teach remotely due to potential contact with a case of COVID19 outside the school
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schoolsProportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_confirmed_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a confirmed case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_a_suspected_case_of_COVID19Proportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to a suspected case of COVID19
Proportion_of_teaching_assistants_and_other_staff_who_cannot_teach_on_site_or_remotely_in_open_schools_due_to_non_COVID_reasonsProportion of teaching assistants and other staff who cannot teach on site or remotely in open schools due to non COVID reasons
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. Absence rates for teaching assistants and other staff are likely to be less robust as more work part-time. There are likely to be inconsistencies in how schools treat part time staff in their reported data, for example some may update their on roll numbers daily to account for part-time staff ‘expected’ to be on-site and others may not.
  3. On-site testing for staff was available from 4 January to 5 March 2021. All staff are now encouraged to take two rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home. For staff classified as clinically extremely vulnerable, on-site attendance at work is not mandatory. Rates of confirmed cases and self-isolation among workforce may be impacted by levels of testing.
  4. From 5 January 2021, schools were asked to provide remote education for the majority of pupils which enabled many staff to work remotely. Therefore data on reasons for workforce absence are collected where staff are unable to teach on-site or remotely from 11 January 2021. This means that staff who have a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus or who are self-isolating but can work remotely are not included in these figures. In the 2020/21 autumn term, when schools were asked to open for all pupils, data on reasons for workforce absence were collected for all staff unable to work on-site. Therefore, figures from 11 January 2021 are not comparable to data on workforce absence collected in the autumn term.
  5. Staff in schools with higher levels of pupil attendance may be less able to work remotely. Teaching assistants and other staff include staff who are essential to the running of schools such as administrative, catering, cleaning and maintenance staff, midday supervisors and technicians. These roles may be more difficult to carry out remotely, which may explain why these staff have both higher rates of on-site attendance and higher rates of staff unable to work on-site or remotely in primary and secondary schools.

Table 2 - Daily attendance in early years settings during the COVID-19 outbreak

Filename
table_2_daily_attendance_in_early_years_settings_during_covid_19_outbreak.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020 Week 16 to 2021 Week 17
Content

The data in this file contains weekly attendance data for early years settings. Data 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
Footnotes
  1. From 16 April to 18 June 2020, the local authority early years survey was twice-weekly (Mondays and Thursdays). From 25 June 2020, the survey changed to weekly (Thursdays) and from 29 April 2021 the survey changed to fortnightly.
  2. The summer term had ended in most schools by Friday 17 July 2020. Autumn term had typically begun by Monday 7 September and ended by Friday 18 December 2020. Spring term had typically begun by Monday 04 January and ended by Friday 02 April 2021. Data collection was paused over Christmas and resumed at the start of Spring term, with the first data collected on Thursday 7 January 2021. Additionally data collection was paused over Easter and resumed at the start of Summer term, with the first data collected on Thursday 22 April 2021.
  3. Ordinarily, fewer early years settings are open and fewer children are in attendance during school holidays. This is due to reduced demand for childcare and the closure of school-based settings.
  4. The Prime Minister announced on 4 January 2021 that early years settings remain open for all children during the national lockdown.
  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. From 1 June 2020, the government asked early years settings to begin welcoming back all children in addition to those of critical workers and vulnerable children. The methodology to adjust figures for non-response was also updated to reflect this change.

Table 3 - Daily attendance in education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak Pre17 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.

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
Footnotes
  1. 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.

Table 4 - Daily attendance in responding education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak not nationally representative Pre17 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
Footnotes
  1. 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.
  2. These figures are included for methodological completeness and show the corresponding data before it has been adjusted for non-response.

Table 5 - Weekly attendance in early years settings during the COVID-19 outbreak at local authority level

Filename
table_5_weekly_attendance_in_early_years_settings_during_the_covid-19_outbreak_at_local_authority_level.csv
Geographic levels
Local Authority
Time period
2020 Week 15 to 2021 Week 13
Content

This file contains local authority responses to the early years local authority survey from Monday 4 April 2020 to Thursday 1 April 2021. Values of less than 5 for the Total Children in Early Years Settings and  Total Vulnerable Children in Early Years Settings have been suppressed and have been replaced with a “c”. Some responses from local authorities during this time period have been removed where the Department for Education has been notified of a mistaken entry, or where the department believes a mistaken entry has been given based on high level validation checks. Additionally, where a local authority has submitted multiple responses on the same day only the most recent response on that date has been retained. The data covers England only. 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
count_of_closed_early_years_settingsCount of Closed Early Years Settings
count_of_open_early_years_settingsCount of Open Early Years Settings
dateDate
total_children_in_early_years_settingsTotal Children in Early Years Settings
total_early_years_settings_reported_by_laTotal Early Years Settings Reported by LA
total_vulnerable_children_in_early_years_settingsTotal Vulnerable Children in Early Years Settings
Footnotes
  1. Local authority responses to the early years local authority survey from Monday 4 April 2020 to Friday 02 April 2021. Values of less than 5 for the Total Children in Early Years Settings and Total Vulnerable Children in Early Years Settings have been suppressed and have been replaced with a “c”. Some responses from local authorities during this time period have been removed where the Department for Education has been notified of a mistaken entry, or where the department believes a mistaken entry has been given based on high level validation checks. The data presented is largely as received from Local Authorities. While there are some basic validation checks on very unusual values, the frequency of data the data collection means it is not possible to validate every value. As such caution should be applied when viewing LA level data. Additionally, where a local authority has submitted multiple responses on the same day only the most recent response on that date has been retained. The data covers England only.