Persistent absence

All schools

We use the school census to calculate and monitor persistent absence.

Schools (excluding special schools) will no longer need to send the persistent absence return to Medway.

Reports developed by SIMs for Medway Council will still be updated yearly by Medway (reflecting the new term dates) and uploaded for school’s internal use.

Importing reports

To complete your report you will need to download the Report Definition file (RptDef) for each of the six terms.

For guidance on how to import the new report into your school’s own SIMS database, download our persistent absence report guidance.

If you need any help please contact or your Attendance and Advisory Practitioner.

If you do not use SIMS

If your school does not use SIMS, you can download a non-SIMS template.

There may be a standard attendance report in your system that could help with the necessary information.

This team works with school information returns and performance data. They are unable to assist with any attendance issues or enquiries.

Contact the attendance advisory service for schools and academies team on 01634 337 130. 

More information about school attendance.