School registers and national thresholds for legal intervention

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Closes 29 Jul 2022



Improving school attendance remains a top priority across government. Our recent white paper Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child set out our vision for improved rates of attendance by ensuring everyone works together to improve the consistency of support pupils and families receive, and that parents can expect earlier, more focussed help to remove barriers to attendance. Accurate recording and sharing of attendance data is crucial to that, and the white paper committed to modernise the regulatory system for recording and sharing data. This consultation now seeks views on those proposed new rules.

Following public consultation in February 2022, the Secretary of State also committed to introduce a new national framework for the use of fixed penalty notices for absence and excluded pupils in public places during the first 5 days of an exclusion. Within the government response School attendance: improving the consistency of support we committed to consult further on what thresholds should be included in the new framework. This consultation now seeks views on the proposed areas for inclusion.

We are inviting comments on both sets of proposals from schools, academy trusts and local authorities. The consultation will run for 6 weeks.

Who this is for

  • All school staff, headteachers, governors in England (only proposal 1 applies to independent schools)
  • Academy trusts
  • Local authorities

Please note

When responding to this consultation, please do not include any personal information in your answers which could identify you or any other individuals.

1. Do you consent to the data you provide being held in accordance with UK GDPR as covered in the Department for Education's personal information charter?

Information provided in response to consultations, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 2018 or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The Department for Education will process your personal data (name and address and any other identifying material) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 andyour personal information will only be used for the purposes of this consultation. Your information will not be shared with third parties unless the law allows it.

You can read more about what the DfE does when we ask for and hold your personal information in our personal information charter.

We are collecting your data as part of the National Skills Fund consultation. We ask for your name to help us to identify any duplicated responses. The data we collect will be processed confidentially as part of our analysis of responses to the consultation. Any data used to inform future government policies or publications will remain anonymous. 

You have the right to withdraw your consent to your data being held at any time. To do so, please email NSF 

2. Which of the categories below best describes you?
3. What is the name of your organisation?
4. What local authority area are you or your organisation based?