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Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
A summary of attendance in education settings for the 2021/22 academic year, excluding out of term dates as data is not collected. The data covers England only.
Primary data sources on infection, incidence, and COVID-19 cases overall are not shown in this publication but are available on the coronavirus in the UK dashboard, national COVID-19 surveillance reports and coronavirus infection survey pilot statistics.
This publication provides national and local authority level summary estimates from the Department for Education's daily education settings survey and local authority early years survey. Data files are available in the ‘Explore data and files’ section on this page for further details and analysis.
Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn and spring terms statistics were published on 21 October 2021 presenting absence data collected via the school census covering the pandemic. That release is derived from pupil level data from which further analysis, such as the amount of time missed, can be derived.
These statistics have been produced quickly in response to developing world events. In May 2020, the Office for Statistics Regulation, on behalf of the UK Statistics Authority, reviewed them against several key aspects of the Code of Practice for Statistics and regarded them as consistent with the Code’s pillars of Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.
Headline facts and figures - 2022
In this summary, national data refers to Thursday 28 April. Local authority data is included and the reference date is Thursday 31 March.
LAs started breaking up for the Easter break from 1 April. National data for 1 April onward are available in table 1a to download. Data for these dates are not comparable to dates when schools are in normal term time.
From 21 April 2022, attendance figures for state-funded secondary schools, state-funded special schools and state-funded alternative provision have been adjusted to exclude year 11-13 pupils who are not in attendance because they are off-site for study leave, visits to education providers or other arranged activities out of school.
Attendance numbers are published for vulnerable children and pupils eligible for FSM but attendance as a proportion of total is omitted, except for state-funded primary schools who are unaffected by the adjustment. Data for state-funded primary schools will be published as before.
- Over 99.9% all state-funded schools were open on 28 Apr 2022, same on 31 Mar.
Pupil on site attendance
- Attendance in all state-funded schools was adjusted to exclude year 11-13 pupils who are not in attendance because they are off-site for approved purposes was 92.3%. This is not comparable to the previous published attendance rate of 88.6% on 31 Mar as this figure included all pupils in year 11-13.
- We estimate that 5.5% of teachers and school leaders were absent for any reason from open schools on 28 Apr, down from 8.7% on 31 Mar.
- We estimate that 4.9% of teaching assistants and other staff were absent for any reason from open schools on 28 Apr, down from 8.2% on 31 Mar.
- COVID-19 related absence in state funded schools for pupils and workforce absence for any reason decreased across all English regions between 17 Mar and 31 Mar.
- South West had the highest rate of COVID-19 related pupil absence of 3.4% on 31 Mar, down from 4.6% on 17 Mar. London had the lowest rate of COVID 19 related absence of 1.1% on 31 Mar, down from 1.4% on 17 Mar.
- The highest rate of workforce absence was in the South West with 10.5% of teachers and schools leaders and 9.1% teaching assistants or other staff absent for any reason on 31 Mar. This compares with 10.7% of teachers and schools leaders and 10.3% teaching assistants or other staff absent for any reason on 17 Mar.
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