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Attendance and target setting days

Following ASCL's advice, the DfES has agreed to reconsider the admissions code regulations on recorded absences in relation to target setting days. The code states that pupils must be recorded as absent if there are no lessons or if the pupil is not allowed to come to school because all staff are target setting with another year group. 

ASCL has pointed out that, in addition to having a perverse effect on the authorised absence percentages, it undermines the DfES's apparent desire for schools to work more effectively with parents. We will inform members via the weekly e-newsletter when a definite ruling is made.

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