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Management information provided by local authorities in Wales on pupil attendance in maintained schools for 7 to 18 September 2020.


This data is management information provided by local authorities in Wales. It covers attendance at all maintained nursery, primary, middle, secondary and special schools and includes pupils of all ages. The data is collected every day although not all local authorities have provided data for each day.

This data has not undergone the same level of quality assurance as official statistics and the data may be subject to future revisions. The figures should be treated as provisional.

Pupils who are not in school because of a COVID-19 illness are recorded as authorised absence. In England such pupils are recorded as present. The data are therefore not comparable.

Main points

Data has been revised from Monday 7 September onwards following updated data from local authorities.

  • Overall attendance in maintained schools increased over the course of the week commencing Monday 7 September, from 62% of pupils on Monday to a high of 79% on Thursday.
  • 79% of pupils attended school on Friday 18 September, down from 81% the previous day.

Background and context

The Education Minister announced ‘back to school’ plans on 9 July. This included a two week period from 1 September where schools could have the flexibility to focus on priority year groups. The first day that all pupils were expected back in school was Monday 14 September.

Operational guidance for schools from the autumn term was published on 13 July and includes guidance on the recording of attendance.

From Wednesday 16 September 2020 onwards we will be publishing this information every day at 9:30am. We are doing this to provide an up to date and timely summary of attendance patterns in schools in these unique circumstances as they open their door to all pupils from 14 September. We will keep the frequency of publication under review and will adapt as necessary based on changing circumstances and user feedback.

National Statistics status

These statistics are not National Statistics and have been produced quickly in response to developing national and local events.


Datasets and interactive tools

Pupil attendance at maintained schools in Wales: 7 to 18 September 2020 (provisional)
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