A clear understanding of the size of issue and nature of absence within your school, through systematic analysis, will allow you to create universal and targeted strategies with appropriate focus and engagement. Completing this exercise based on last year’s attendance will help shape your actions, within this analysis consider identifying patterns and trends i.e. between siblings, friendship groups and times of the year. Any strategies universal or targeted need to be achievable and consistently acted on. Regular revisiting of this by the Senior Leadership Team will keep this high on the schools agenda, allowing you to identify new trends, high risk pupils and demonstrate the impact and success of your strategies to improve persistent absence.