BUILDING A CULTURE OF ATTENDANCE “Effective schools monitor, communicate and implement strategies to improve regular school attendance, as this is fundamental to improving educational outcomes”.
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BUILDING A CULTUREOF ATTENDANCE“Effective schools monitor, communicate and implement strategies to improve regular school attendance, as this is fundamental to improving educational outcomes”.
ATTENDANCE ISEVERYONE’S BUSINESS
“At the core of school improvement and education reform is an assumption so widely understood that it is rarely invoked: students have to be present and engaged in order to learn.”
Present, Engaged and Accounted For - September 2008
Every day that children and young people from high risk or vulnerable circumstances attend (school) they are :
Compulsory Education Legislation
Education Regulations 1997
Attendance Rate 90%
Absence Rate 10%
Around 18,000 students missed the equivalent of 4 weeks or more
Around 9,000 students missed the equivalent of 6 weeks or more
Around 5,000 students missed the equivalent of 8 weeks or more
Attendance Rate 89.9%
Absence Rate 10.1%
Around 10,000 students missed the equivalent of 4 weeks or more
Around 4,500 students missed the equivalent of 6 weeks or more
Around 5,500 students missed the equivalent of 8 weeks or more
Apart from the obvious concerns in regard to learning and child protection, in terms of data:
***The SABMDatamart provides a reminder, via the alert system, that a student has been absent unauthorised for 10+ days
Establish Baseline Data “Reporting mean average attendance rates masks individual patterns of attendance” An attendance rate of 84% for ten students in one schoolcould mean…
each of the ten students was away for 32 days - in which case 84% is very descriptive of the attendance patterns of those students
two students were away for 160 days each while the remaining eight students attended every single day - in which case the modal average, the most common pattern, would be closer to 100% attendance.
A strong culture of data use means that people frequently engage in conversations about how well the site is doing, and what are the areas for improvement.
This requires knowledge of what data and related performance indicators measure, the patterns they reveal and their uses and limitations.
Ensures that schools fulfil their obligations in terms of departmental requirements and accountability.
Is developed through a collaborative information sharing and planning process involving the school, parents/carers and other relevant agencies and services
Is a flexible working document, which informs the recording, monitoring and follow-up of attendance at sites using accurate, meaningful data.
Supports the development of individual plans and provides a framework for case management for those students identified as having attendance concerns.
Is a document which is reviewed and monitored regularly.
to build aculture of attendance
Out of school responsibilities
Teacher Student Relationships
Engagement in School
School Suspension Policy
“Dropping out of school is not a sudden act, but a slow process of disengagement. . . .These students had long periods of absences and were sometimes referred to the attendance counsellor, only to be brought back to the same environment that led them to become disengaged”
Opportunities for Review/Research/Restoration