Attendance Policy

Attendance codes from Autumn 2020 during the COVID 19 pandemic

From the beginning of the new academic year, schools should return to using the attendance and absence codes in use before the outbreak (set out on page 9 of the attendance guidance), in addition to the new category of ‘not attending in circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19)’:

  • pupils not attending a session who meet the criteria for ‘not attending in circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19)’ should be recorded using code X4
  • schools should continue to use code X for non-compulsory school aged pupils who are not expected to attend a session, as they did before the outbreak