Attendance of children looked after at their school

Schools are required to take attendance registers twice a day. Schools are required to record whether pupils are present; attending an approved educational activity; absent or unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances.
Where a pupil of compulsory school age is absent, schools have a responsibility to ascertain the reason and ensure the proper safeguarding action is taken. 
The Virtual School monitors the attendance of children looked after on a daily basis and reports on their attendance regardless on when they entered care. All schools and education providers are contacted daily and asked to report the attendance of children looked after.
We aim to be in the top quartile for all local authorities nationally by 2022

March 2020 performance

The Virtual School monitors the attendance of children looked after on a daily basis and reports on the attendance of all children looked after regardless on when they entered care. All schools and education providers are contacted daily and asked to report of the attendance of children looked after. The school attendance for children looked children remains below that of their peers. However, there are a wide range of factors that impact on school attendance such as changes in care placement and the Virtual School works with all stakeholders in order to mitigate any negative effects. Due to the nature of children that are CLA, there is a constantly changing cohort, with an inflow and outflow of children on a regular basis.
For March 2020, attendance for West Sussex Children Looked After has decreased by 0.2% increased since the end of last month with the Covid19 "lockdown" occurring this month. 
For 2020-21 our milestone target is 95.3%
Due to the nature of children that are CLA, there is a constantly changing cohort, with an inflow and outflow of children on a regular basis.  

Actions

The Virtual School will continue to work with school and other partner agencies to improve the attendance of Children Looked After through timely interventions and bespoke educational packages to support the needs of our young people.Going forward further improvement to embed better processes should continue to see the measure improve. However, with the Covid-19 virus and schools unlikely to open in the forseeable future, this figure will not change before, probably, September. 
There are a wide range of factors that impact on school attendance such as changes in care placement and the Virtual School works with school and other partner agencies to improve the attendance of Children Looked After through timely interventions and bespoke educational packages to support the needs of our young people. 
All students have an individual attendance target set within their personal educational plan