Good attendance: listen, understand, empathise and support

A new report by Ofsted looks at different aspects of pupil attendance and how schools tackle the current challenges they face.

A new report by Ofsted finds that schools that improve pupil attendance from a low baseline, maintain high levels of attendance and minimise persistent absence adopt similar strategies that can best be summarised as ‘listen, understand, empathise and support – but do not tolerate’.

The report, ‘Securing good attendance and tackling persistent absence’, published today, looks at different aspects of pupil attendance and how schools tackle the current challenges they face. It finds that schools that have typically tackled absence well in the past are continuing to do so now. Leaders are showing the same persistence and conveying the same high expectations. And they continue to think about what action, if any, they need to take to remove barriers to pupils’ attendance.

Read more here.

Ofsted swoops after brawl in school canteen on TikTok

School receives unannounced visit following complaints from parents

Ofsted has conducted an emergency inspection of England’s biggest free school after a video showing a brawl between five students in the canteen was circulated on social media.

Northampton International Academy (NIA) received an unannounced visit on Monday that focused on behaviour and safeguarding. 

It followed complaints from many parents and was later upgraded to a full, graded section 5 inspection led by a team that included four HMI.

The visit poses serious questions for Ofsted, which rated NIA’s safeguarding as “effective” in June, despite finding “serious failings” the year before.

Read more in Schools Week.