Managing Student Attendance at Post-16

For many post-16 providers, promoting, monitoring and managing good attendance has changed dramatically since 2013. The legislation requiring young people in England to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday has brought with it additional duties:

Duties on providers

36. The Education & Skills Act 2008 placed two RPA-related duties on providers with regard to 16 and 17 year olds:

Section 11 places a duty on community, foundation or voluntary schools; community or foundation special schools; pupil referral units; and schools and colleges in the further education sector to exercise their functions, where possible, so as to promote good attendance to enable young people to meet their duty to participate.

Section 13 places a duty on all educational institutions (maintained schools, academies, colleges, and education and training providers) to tell their local authority when a young person is no longer participating. Educational institutions 12 also include apprenticeship, traineeship and supported internship providers and performing arts schools who receive Dance and Drama Award funding. This duty is applicable if a young person leaves an education or training programme before completion (i.e. ‘drops out’) and enables local authorities to take swift action to encourage the young person to re-engage.

Participation of young people in education, employment or training. Statutory guidance for local authorities, September 2016

This course offers advice and strategies for addressing attendance issues at post-16, . A useful and relevant session for those with little or no attendance management experience.

Suitable for: Post 16 providers; FE Colleges; 6th Form Colleges; Apprenticeship agencies

Course duration: half-day 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To introduce good practice in raising and maintaining student attendance

  • To begin to identify vulnerable students and explore a range of attendance interventions and support

  • To examine accountability and compliance in relation to Ofsted and RPA.

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