Absence in state-funded schools
We estimate 5.1% (415,000) of all pupils on roll in state-funded schools did not attend school for COVID-19 related reasons on 20 Jan, up from 3.9% (315,000)  on 6 Jan.
- 52,000 pupils with a suspected case of coronavirus, 0.6% of pupils on roll in open schools, down from 1.3% on 6 Jan when there were 102,000 suspected cases.
- 322,000 pupils with a confirmed case of coronavirus, 3.9% of pupils on roll in open schools, up from 2.0% on 6 Jan when there were 159,000 confirmed cases.
- 19,000 pupils absent from open settings due to attendance restrictions being in place to manage an outbreak or exceptional circumstances related to COVID-19, 0.2% of pupils on roll in open schools, up from 0.1% on 6 Jan when there were 7,000 attendance restrictions cases.
- 17,000 pupils absent from open settings due to isolation for other reasons, 0.2% of pupils on roll in open schools, down from 0.3% on 6 Jan when there were 25,000 cases in isolation for other reasons.
- 5,000 pupils were required to remain at home or isolate in line with government guidance, 0.1% of pupils on roll in open schools, down from 0.3% on 6 Jan when there were 21,000 cases required to remain at home or isolate in line with government guidance.
Pupil attendance in state-funded schools
- On site attendance in state-funded schools was 87.4% on 20 Jan, down from 88.6% on 6 Jan.
- The overall absence rate in state-funded primary, secondary, and special schools in England in the 2018/19 academic year was 4.7%. However, there are differences in the way this figure (4.7%) is calculated and attendance estimates are calculated which affect comparability, particularly during the Summer term .
 The number of students absent for COVID-19 related reasons does not include students who are absent for a phased return while asymptomatic testing was taking place. This is to allow comparisons to be made between previous weeks of data for this measure. There were 340,000 secondary school students absent on 6 January for a phased return.
 2018/19 overall absence rates include pupils aged 5-15 in state-funded primary, secondary and special schools. Our attendance estimates include 4-year olds in reception and pupils over the age of 15 in state-funded schools. Both of these groups of pupils have higher than average absence rates. Pupils on roll in alternative provision, who have a higher than average absence rate, are included in our attendance estimates, but excluded from the 2018/19 overall absence rates.
Vulnerable children in state-funded schools
Attendance of pupils with an education, health and care plan (EHCP), and pupils with a social worker is typically lower than for other pupils .
- Approximately 82% of all pupils with an EHCP on roll in state-funded schools were in attendance on 20 Jan, same on 6 Jan.
- Approximately 81% of all pupils with a social worker on roll in all state-funded schools were in attendance on 20 Jan, up from 80% on 6 Jan. 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.
Recently published data shows that the number of pupils eligible for FSM has increased from 1.44 million (17.3% of all pupils) in January 2020 to 1.74 million (20.8% of all pupils) in January 2021.
Attendance of pupils eligible for FSM is typically lower than for other pupils .
- Approximately 85% of all pupils eligible for FSM on roll in state-funded schools were in attendance on 20 Jan, up from 82% on 6 Jan.
 The attendance of pupils with EHCPs and children in need is typically lower than for other pupils. In the 2018/19 academic year, the overall absence rate was 8.7% for pupils with a statement of SEN or an EHCP and 11.4% for children in need see Pupil absence in schools statistics and characteristics of children in need statistics publication for more information. There are some differences in the calculation of these figures and our estimates that affect comparability. See our methodology for more details.
 Statistics: children in need and child protection Schools report on the form how many children with a social worker (SW) they have on roll. Our analysis suggests that the total number of children with a SW differs by at least 30% compared to published figures for children with a social worker.
 Data from the 2018/19 academic year calculates the typical absence rate of FSM pupils to be 7.5% when compared to 4.7% for all pupils. This data is published here.