Schools have reported concerns about the levels of student attendance in school since March 2020, and since the start of the 2021/22 academic year. This is particularly the case for vulnerable pupils, as well as those experiencing mental health issues, and other challenges created by the pandemic.

Our aim is to improve these figures with all participating schools at – or above – national average by the end of the 2021/22 academic year. By increasing the capacity of the attendance workforce to tackle persistent absenteeism and engaging the area’s most vulnerable families. Through this, we aim to promote the value of attendance within communities and contribute to long-term behaviour change.

We would like to invite schools to apply for funding to deliver additional work to tackle persistent absence. We encourage schools to work together and will increase the funding available if they do so:

• 1 school – £1,500
• 2 schools – £3,750 (£1,875 per school)
• 3 schools – £7,031 (£2,344 per school)
• 4 schools – £11,719 (£2,930 per school)
• Bids of 5+ schools would be allowed with the funding capped at £2,930 per school

Application form

The deadline for applications is 15th December 2021. Please see completed application to

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