Improve attendance through effective behaviour management

Poor attendance is seen by many as the simplest and most fundamental indicator of the overall quality of a school and its teaching.

And it’s not only appearances that schools with low attendance should be concerned about, as pupils who have low attendance are far more likely to fail their qualifications, and struggle to pick up the skills they need to successfully progress in adult life.

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Should Students Be Allowed to Go On Holiday During Term Time?

In May 2016, the High Court deemed that it was acceptable and within the law for parents to take their children on holiday during term time – a move that was stated as a victory for those with common sense among supporters.

Despite this ruling, the topic has still been one of controversy among parents and teachers alike, raising debate and question about the quality of education a child on holiday during term time can receive.

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Strategies to Educate School Refusers

With the statutory requirement to report attendance figures comes the additional need to look at why pupils aren’t attending. School refusers make up some of these statistics and this covers those who simply don’t want to go to school or those who are phobic and become incredibly anxious when attending is suggested.

It’s important to get to the centre of why a child refuses to attend, it’s also crucial to put support in place through educational strategies.

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Preventing Persistent Absence and Truancy

Truancy rates in the UK are among the highest in the developed world. One fifth of all UK teenagers admit to missing half a day of school in a two week period; in China it is less than one in 100.

Schools have been working hard to reduce truancy rates in line with current government policies. There are certainly signs that there are positive steps being achieved in that persistent absence figures reduced by a third between August 2013 and March 2014; in real figures this is a total of 7.7 million fewer school days lost.

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Promoting Student Achievement

This blog touches on one of the biggest challenges facing anyone in school leadership: how to promote student achievement.

Improving the raw data that defines the progress of the pupils is the bottom line to end all bottom lines and can make or break an inspection.

Aside from the raw data, the phrase all head teachers want to hear in an inspection report is that ‘a culture of achievement’ has been created in their school. So how does this happen?

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5 Simple Strategies…for Reducing Exclusions

Reducing the number of exclusions within any school always serves as a key priority, with many different schools employing a wide ranging form of techniques to greater or lesser success.

Here we will be looking at 5 of the simplest strategies that serve as essential elements to the reduction of any school’s exclusion rates.

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EDLounge Case Study

The Rodillian Academy and EDLounge came together in September 2013 to look at how we could improve our existing online provision. This needed to meet national guidance on the use of alternative provision and, more importantly, provide high quality, appropriate work for students who were not accessing mainstream education for a fixed period of time.

We have developed a unique package to support students who are out of mainstream education, providing them with appropriate, accessible work that is accessed through a secure online platform.

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5 Simple Strategies…to improve attendance

The correlation between attendance and attainment is hardly surprising, as The School Services Sourcebook identifies “Poor attendance means that students are not developing the knowledge and skills needed for later success” (Franklin et al, 2013).

With attendance being such an influential factor on a child’s education, we have put together our top strategies for improving school attendance…

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