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					 Attendance Update
                  Barry Brewis
Senior Education Welfare Officer




                         Bedford Borough Council
OFSTED Inspecting attendance: guidance
   The grade descriptors make it clear that if the pupils‟ actual
    attendance is well below national averages, or too many pupils are
    persistently absent, then attendance must be graded as inadequate.

   Whilst there is a clear statistical link between social deprivation (FSM
    eligibility), this should not be taken as an excuse for poor attendance
    and high absence rates.

   The schools efforts and strategies and their effectiveness should be
    taken into account when judging care, guidance and support, and
    commented on in the text of the report when appropriate.

   It is not acceptable to judge poor attendance as “average” on the basis
    that the school is working hard to improve it.



                                                    Bedford Borough Council
OFSTED Inspecting attendance: guidance



Inspectors should use the tables provided below as a general guideline
supported by RAISEonline and the school’s own data

                Primary Schools Overall absence 2007-8
                Attendance grade indicator

                Above 96%               High
                95.1% - 96%             Above average
                94% - 95%               Average
                Below 94%               Low


                                                 Bedford Borough Council
OFSTED Inspecting attendance: guidance



 Secondary Schools (including Middle deemed secondary, academies etc)
 absence data 2007-8.



                94% or above             High
                92.4% - 93.9%            Above average
                91.7% – 92.3%            Average
                Below 91.6%              Low




                                                        Bedford Borough Council
When judging attendance inspectors should consider all the
evidence available, including:
    figures for overall and persistent absence, using data shown in
     RAISEonline, and the school‟s own data (there are no RAISEonline data for
     children not yet of statutory school age)

    the most up-to-date attendance and absence data held by the school

    the attendance of different groups of pupils, including those with special
     educational needs and/or disabilities and those from minority ethnic groups
     - inspectors will find it useful to use the school‟s own analysis of this data as
     a starting point. If there is no analysis this is a cause for concern and
     will need to be considered as part of other judgements such as care,
     guidance and support and aspects of leadership and management

    the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent, which is identified
     nationally as absence of more than 20%

    patterns of absence – is there more absence at particular times of year,
     days of the week, from a particular class or year group?

    proportions of pupils with particular levels of attendance, for example below
     85% or above 95%, and whether these proportions are changing.

                                                         Bedford Borough Council
Judging the effectiveness of the school‟s actions to reduce
absence and promote attendance as part of „How effective is the
provision?‟


   As part of making an overall judgement on the quality of the care, guidance
    and support offered to learners it is important to consider the effectiveness
    of the steps taken by the school to encourage regular attendance for all
    groups of pupils, including the school‟s progress towards any attendance
    targets set by the DCSF or local authority. This includes a consideration of:

       whether attendance has improved as a result of actions taken by the school, or
        whether previously high attendance has been maintained

       whether reductions in overall absence and persistent absence have been
        sustained

   Effectiveness should be judged in terms of the reduction of both overall and
    persistent absence and not in terms of conversion from unauthorised
    absence to authorised absence.




                                                           Bedford Borough Council
Percentage of half days          Secondary Schools- Pupil Absence Aut 08/Spring 09

                                8.00
                                7.00
                                6.00
        missed



                                5.00
                                4.00
                                3.00
                                2.00
                                1.00
                                0.00




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                                                                     Bedford Borough Council
Percentage of half days missed          Primary Schools - Pupil Absence Aut 08/Spring 09
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                                                                 Statistical neighbours

                                        Authorised absence   Unauthorised absence     Overall absence


                                                                                  Bedford Borough Council
                                  Summer 09 Absence

                   200000
                   180000
                   160000
Number of pupils




                   140000
                   120000
                                                                        Primary
                   100000
                                                                        Secondary
                    80000
                    60000
                    40000
                    20000
                        0
                            Authorised         Unauthorised



                                                              Bedford Borough Council
Local Authority Priority schools
   The government‟s priority for 2009/10 remains for all schools and
    local authorities to continue to bear down on high overall absence
    and, within this, persistent absence.

   Schools identified as “priority” for support are:
       Secondary schools that have more than 6.1% persistent absence.
       Primary schools with more than 2.5% of pupils with persistent absence
        where the number of persistently absent pupils is above 10.
       (Persistent absence = more than 52 sessions at the end of autumn and
        spring terms.)




                                                    Bedford Borough Council
                                                 LA Absence Level

               5.0
               4.5
               4.0
               3.5
Percentage %




               3.0                                                                     Primary
               2.5
                                                                                       Secondary
               2.0
               1.5                                                                     Combined Primary and
               1.0                                                                     Secondary
               0.5
               0.0
                     Persistent Absence   Persistent absence    Persistent absence
                           2006/07             2007/08         2008/09 (autumn and
                                                                  spring terms)




                                                                           Bedford Borough Council
Comparison to Statistical Neighbours

   Bedford Borough Primary Schools rank 9th out of 11 for
    persistent absentees and 11th for overall absence.

   Bedford Borough Secondary schools rank 3rd out of 11 for
    persistent absentees and 4th for overall absence.




                                           Bedford Borough Council