IMPORTANT: Update from Department of Education for Attendance Recording For Schools Reopening

20. 05. 29
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The Department of Education has provided an update on recording attendance for the wider reopening of schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. The following below is a summary of the codes to use based on the guidance provided:

Pupils who are not eligible to attend a session

Code X - for any pupil who is not in an eligible year group or priority group (children of critical workers and vulnerable children). This may also include children who are in an eligible year group but are not required in school for a specific session, e.g. Year 10 and Year 12 pupils who are not among the quarter of pupils expected in school at a given time. (Temporarily, Code X can be used for compulsory school age children – usually it is only used where non-compulsory school age children are not expected to attend.)

Pupils who are eligible to attend a session but do not (This includes children in eligible year groups, children of critical workers and vulnerable children)

Code Y - where a pupil is shielding, self-isolating, or the pupil has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and their risk assessment says that their needs cannot be safely met in school. (Temporarily, code Y can be used where a pupil is prevented from attending school due to following government guidance on coronavirus). To help you to complete the educational setting status form, you should note whether the absence is due to shielding or isolation.*

Code I   - where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as would normally be the case, the pupil should be recorded as (illness). To help you to complete the educational setting status form, you should note whether the illness involves coronavirus symptoms.

Code C - where a pupil does not attend school - despite being eligible and is not shielding, self-isolating, unable to attend due to illness, nor has an EHCP risk assessment saying their needs cannot be safely met at school where no other authorised absence code is appropriate.

At this time, all absence should be classed as authorised.

Pupils who are attending other schools

Code D - where a pupil is attending another school at which they are registered (for example, a pupil referral unit (PRU)) and is not expected to attend the session in question.

Code B  - where a pupil is attending a host school on a temporary basis because their home school cannot accommodate them. The pupil will and should not be registered at the host school. The host school does not need to add this child to their attendance register but should keep a record of their attendance for safeguarding purposes and include the child in their daily totals for the educational setting status form. Arrangements should be in place whereby the host school notifies the home school of any absences.

Where other specific authorised absence and attendance codes are more appropriate schools may want to use these as usual.

The Department of Education guidance for attendance recording is available here . Schools are still required to submit a daily attendance using the Educational Setting Status form.

* The SIMS 7 Summer Release 2020 will make it possible for schools to enter the Y code on an individual pupil session basis i.e. Focus | Attendance/Lesson Monitor | Take Register/Edit Marks as well as via Focus | Attendance/Lesson Monitor | Exceptional Circumstances. However Capita SIMS has provided a patch, Patch 25829, to add this new feature in the current version of SIMS 7. We have released this patch to all our supported schools, but if you are unable to add Y codes via Take Register or Edit Marks please inform us and we can investigate further.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS - On Sunday 24th May the Prime Minister announced, subject to the government’s 5 tests being met, that secondary schools should plan on the basis that from the week commencing Monday 15th June, to invite Year 10 and 12 pupils (Years 10 and 11 for alternative provision schools) back into school for some face-to-face support with their teachers. The attendance codes mentioned above will apply from Monday 15th June onwards. Further guidance for secondary schools can found here.  

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