Week 25 2021

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

Data guidance



A summary of attendance in education settings from Monday 23 March 2020 to Thursday 27 May 2021 and early years settings from Thursday 16 April 2020 to Thursday 27 May 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.


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.