Borough School Attendance Service

The Attendance Service has a statutory obligation on behalf of the London Borough of Sutton to:

Comply with all its statutory obligations under the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006

Instigate school attendance orders

Consider making an application for an Education Supervision Order where appropriate

Fulfil the local authority’s statutory obligations under Section 444(1) 444(1A) and 444(ZA) of The Education Act 1996 and the Children Act 1989

Managing Penalty Notices arrangements

In addition to the statutory support we provide to schools, the Attendance Service enables schools to purchase a bespoke service tailored to their individual needs.  The level and service offer is negotiated between the school/setting and the Attendance Service and can include:

Improving attendance and punctuality

  • Advising on current attendance policies and procedures for ensuring regular and punctual attendance
  • Carrying out home visits where appropriate
  • Carrying out attendance audits
  • Providing half-termly analysis of attendance data including analysis of codes and preparation of half-termly absence graphs
  • Identification and monitoring of persistently absent pupils giving advice and guidance on next steps
  • Support for all staff in promoting and supporting good attendance to ensure a holistic approach within the school
  • Offering advice and guidance via telephone and email
  • Representation at attendance panels
  • Presentations on the importance of good attendance and potential impact of poor attendance and punctuality e.g. New Intake parent talks, parent evenings
  • Keeping schools updated on changes to attendance legislation and guidance
  • Support on how to implement good practice and prepare effectively for Ofsted inspections
  • Small group tutorials for school staff offering advice and support on attendance including legislation, staged intervention processes and procedures

Working with pupils and families and providing a seamless service from the point of referral to improvement or statutory legal intervention

For further information/enquiries please contact:

Telephone : 0208 770 6606/6602


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