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Attendance Data Project

GO 4 Schools is in a unique position to report on attendance information as its platform is designed to automatically collate and summarise large sets of school data, including student attendance. We can use this data to reveal up-to-date patterns in student attendance in order to help school leaders in their decisions regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

This "Attendance data project" works with the support of our schools, who allow us to collate and publish their anonymised attendance data on a daily basis.

Supporting information is in the Interpreting attendance data section below.

Interpreting attendance data

The student daily attendance data below has been published to support schools in understanding the current picture of attendance patterns in England and Wales with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Currently, the sample includes the anonymised data from 200,000 secondary school students. We intend to increase the sample size over the next week for greater accuracy.

As we collate the data, we have retained the information from 10th February onwards so that patterns can be reviewed based on the school calendars. We also intend to review the pattern of attendance data for the same period in the academic year 2019.


We aim to publish attendance data twice daily. The attendance data is extracted mid-morning each day to allow schools to review N codes and follow-up on attendance messages as per schools" daily process for updating appropriate attendance codes. We will then process the second daily update at the end of the school day, around 4pm, to give a clearer picture. This is to ensure we provide the most up-to-date information available.

Attendance codes

GO 4 Schools uses the statutory DfE attendance codes. We have focused on those codes that use attendance marks that we feel could indicate patterns of attendance related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Where to find additional information?

DfE Coronavirus Helpline: 0800 046 8687