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Data and benchmarking

This page provides guidance on national data for behaviour (exclusions)  and attendance. Up to date data is shared at attendance and behaviour network meetings. In between times it can be accessed through the DFE website and the SFR documents referenced below.


Statistical first release


The Statistical First Release is the main document providing guidance on national patterns. Copies of this document for attendance and exclusions can be found below. To access the SFR website directly click here.


National and LA level data will be disseminated via the Attendance Improvement Worker networks and the SLT  Attendance leads networks. Contact helen or Lorimer for details of the AIW netowrks and search for attendance at: for other attendance network information.

Attendance SFR


Attendance data is published in ASP, the performance tables; the IDSR and the SFR.

ASP and performance table data covers  term 1 and 2 of an academic year.

IDSR  data can be two terms or three terms depending on the time of year. 

Full year attendance data does not contain Yera 11 data for the final half term of the year. Year 7 and 10  data contained here covers the full year to  July.

Special school and PRU data are published less frequently.

The SFR contains national figures for PA, OA, UA. It also shows averages for vulnerable groups, gender, and year groups. The report also contains data on the share of absence nationally.

Target setting for attendance


Whilst there is now no requirement by the Government to set attendance targets it remains helpful to identify a level of expected attendance.

When considering the meaning of 'regular' school attendance in legal cases for attendance the court are advised to  consider the school definition of regular. This is taken to be the school target that  is contained in its attendance policy. 

It should be noted that  PN can be served for a holiday  when 10 unauthorised sessiosn are created by the absence. A student with this leave of attendance and on roll all year would be expected to  get around 97.4% by the end of the year if there are no further absences. Considering this fact and the use of Penalty Ntoices then a target of 97% would seem sensible in terms of defining regular attendance. Schools already achieving this level whole school should consider a targt of 98%

Attendance tracking in SIMS


BTLS have produced a range of reports nthat  enable automatic data analysis and tracking of individual pupils once they a re imported into your SIMS system. These reports are availabel to  download at:


You  must have a BTLS login/ account or alternatively you  can purchase consultancy  time from BTLS to  provide these reports. 


The reports use national  averages and Ofsted tracking mechanisms. Example screeen shots are below:







SFR for Exclusions


The SFR documentation is now housed on the DfE main site under statistics. it is published annually in July. Serach for school exclusions to  find the most up to  date version.

It contains 3 documents - an overview of the trends, national excel tables, local authority excel tables.

It will help schools to examine their own exclusion levels against LA and national trends.