Attendance and behaviour in schools

Ofsted reports about attendance and behaviour in schools

  • Alternative provision - 21 June 2011. This survey evaluates the use of off-site alternative provision by a small sample of schools and pupil referral units. Schools and pupil referral units can use a range of alternative provision to try to prevent students from being excluded, or to re-engage students in their education. The survey considers what makes alternative provision successful and examines some of the current issues associated with its use.
  • Supporting children with challenging behaviour through a nurture group approach - 12 July 2011. This survey examines the use of nurture groups and related provision in a small sample of 29 infant, first and primary schools. Nurture groups are small, structured teaching groups for pupils showing signs of behavioural, social or emotional difficulties, particularly those who are experiencing disruption or distress outside of school.
  • Children missing from education - 17 August 2010. This survey evaluates the effectiveness of actions taken by local authorities in relation to children and young people who are missing from education. It considers whether legislation and guidance effectively support the authorities in protecting them. 
  • Day six of exclusion: the extent and quality of provision for pupils - 13 May 2009. Schools and local authorities are required to provide full-time and suitable education for pupils from day six of fixed-period and permanent exclusions. This survey evaluates the extent to which a sample of schools and local authorities were meeting these requirements.
  • The exclusion from school of children aged four to seven - 24 June 2009. The number of children aged seven and under who are excluded from primary schools is very small and comprises a tiny proportion of children of this age from a very small proportion of schools. Nevertheless, some children of this age group are receiving fixed-period exclusions, occasionally leading to permanent exclusion. This survey explores the reasons for this and the ways in which some schools manage to avoid using exclusion.
  • Reducing exclusions of black pupils from secondary schools: examples of good practice - 7 March 2008. Over the past decade, the number of pupils permanently excluded from schools has fallen, from 12,461 in 1996/97 to 9,130 in 2005/06. However, throughout this period a larger proportion of Black Caribbean and White and Black Caribbean pupils has been excluded than White British pupils. Ofsted carried out a small-scale survey of this subject, which included analysing information about exclusion in school self-evaluation forms and visiting schools that had been judged outstanding for behaviour in their most recent Ofsted inspection.

Case studies of good practice in attendance and behaviour in schools

  • Developing children's learning through work in the natural environment - 28 March 2011. The 'forest school' provides an inclusive and stimulating setting and the children’s’ enjoyment and commitment to it is evident in all aspects of school life. It’s part of the reason why attendance is above average and overall standards have improved since the last inspection.
  • An inclusive approach to attendance and punctuality - 13 June 2011. How an inclusive approach to attendance and punctuality can improve overall success rates for learners with a declared disability or health condition, many of whom were formerly not in education, employment or training.

National Lead

Sue Morris-King HMI is the National Lead for behaviour and attendance. Sue has been an HMI for almost eight years, and National Lead since summer 2009. Before joining Ofsted, Sue taught in and held senior leadership positions in a number of schools, including special schools and challenging mainstream schools. She also worked for a local authority, with responsibility for special educational needs and behaviour.

Annual Report 2012/13