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Roadmap to attendance success

Posted: 25/02/19

Schools across the country are trying all sorts of motivational methods to encourage students to get to school on time. Guaranteeing full classrooms by the time the bell rings isn’t easy and a one-size fits all solution simply doesn’t exist! Instead, research suggests that a mix of strategies for improving attendance and punctuality is often […]

We need to talk about… school absence

Posted: 04/01/19

According to the Department for Education, the overall absence rate has increased from 4.5% to 4.7% in the past two years, with one in 10 absent school children classed as persistently absent. With absence rates on the rise, the subject of attendance remains a hot topic on parents’ evening, in the school office and during […]

Modern technology to support Looked After Children

Posted: 12/12/18

The number of children entering care is increasing, with 90 young people entering the system every day. We know that children in care face greater risks than their counterparts. Looked after children are vulnerable to mental health issues, exploitation and homelessness; they are also more likely to miss out on vital education. It is up […]

Tackling truancy

Posted: 28/11/18

Last month, a Manchester based Co-op school hit the BBC News headlines for its radical transformation from struggling school, with one of the worst truancy records in the UK, to a school in the top 1% for attendance. The principal, Steve Brice, stated a radical improvement on attendance was a key part of turning the […]

Is Fining Parents the Answer to Schools Absence?

Posted: 05/06/18

Schools absence is a big issue.  In 2017, it was revealed that the overall pupil absence rate in the UK was 4.5%.  One in ten of these pupils were classed as ‘persistently absent’, with students citing anxiety and depression amongst the reasons why they skip lessons.  Whilst it could be said that the child’s education […]

School Attendance hitting the Headlines across the UK

Posted: 28/03/18

This week alone, there have been multiple headlines in the media about school attendance in London, Cornwall, Bath, Warrington and Birmingham; with Yorkshire topping the table in England for all the wrong reasons.  With attendance figures in many authorities having been calculated; the best and worst performing schools (regarding attendance) have been released. School attendance has has been a […]

Call for schools to improve checks on pupils who do not turn up…

Posted: 01/02/18

The tragic story of the sudden death of a father whose daughters spent almost 24 hours with his body, hit headline BBC News this week.  Their bereaved mother is now calling for schools to make extra checks on pupils who do not turn up. Helen Daykin, who says “there’s no reason why this couldn’t happen again…”, is campaigning for […]

Council’s Controversial Attendance Campaign Causes a Stir

Posted: 08/11/17

‘Good reasons for missing school – there are none’   East Sussex County Council is facing a huge backlash to its recent campaign to parents.  Its ‘Get a Grip’ campaign, aimed at boosting school attendance sent leaflets to parents, urging them to ‘get a grip’ because their child had missed as little as three days […]