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Government to fund school ‘attendance mentors’ in worst-hit areas of England

Latest attempt to tackle pupil absences criticised as failing to tackle the magnitude of the problem

The government is to make a new effort to repair sagging school attendance figures in England, with the education secretary to announce funding for “attendance mentors” in some of the worst-affected areas.

5 January, 2024 •The Guardian

Major national drive to improve school attendance

DfE Press Release

Attendance hubs to more than double to support 1,000 more schools and £15 million investment to expand the attendance mentor pilot programme.

8 January, 2024


Additional Resources

EEF blog: Addressing attendance: Getting below the surface

How to support student attendance

This rapid evidence assessment examines the existing research on interventions that aim to improve pupils’ school attendance and the characteristics of these interventions, based on a systematic search of existing literature.

Blog •3 minutes •10 January, 2024

Statistics & Resources: Pupil attendance in schools

Official Statistics- DfE

Data on the levels of attendance and overall, authorised and unauthorised absence in state-funded primary, secondary and special schools.

Regularly Updated •Linked resources

Attendance interventions rapid evidence assessment

Rapid evidence assessment on attendance interventions for school-aged pupils

This rapid evidence assessment examines the existing research on interventions that aim to improve pupils’ school attendance and the characteristics of these interventions, based on a systematic search of existing literature.

Published: March 2022