With evidence showing that pupils with higher school attendance get better GCSE and A-Level grades, the Department for Education is putting measures in place to maximise time spent in the classroom.
In a recent announcement, UK schools were encouraged to work with councils as they roll out a new package that aims to provide the support pupils need to turn up to learn.
Realising that there can be a number of reasons pupils fail to show, the innovative measures will unearth the causes of classroom absence in individuals and spot trends in groups, like children on free school meals for instance.
The proposed package includes:
- Targeted family support including home visits for those with barriers to attending school
- Enhanced data tools to quickly identify and solve consistent issues
- A three-year 1-2-1 attendance mentoring pilot to provide tailored support to more than 1,600 persistently and severely absent pupils by tackling factors like bullying or mental health issues
- A new interactive national attendance dashboard and reported fortnightly attendance data to highlight daily, weekly and termly trends
Launching in Middlesborough in its initial phase, the package will be rolled out into other areas next year.
Improve The Classroom Experience For Your Pupils
If you are a teaching and education professional, or you’re aspiring to become one, there are online courses that can help you better the classroom experience for your learners.
The classroom can be a daunting place for many reasons. Individuals in your class could be experiencing bullying, be struggling with their mental health, be displaying challenging behaviour or have another reason why learning in a classroom environment is overwhelming for them.
By studying related courses, you can better understand the children and young people you work with and provide a safer, more welcoming space for them to enjoy and thrive in an educational setting.
Just some of the courses we offer that could help include:
- Behaviour that Challenges in Children
- Bullying in Schools
- Classroom Behaviour
- Developmental, Learning and Behavioural Disorders in Children and Adolescents
- Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
If you’re interested in helping the young people you work with have a better experience in education, chat with our Course Specialists about the courses that will help you achieve this goal. You can call them on 01202 006 464 or reach out online to discuss your options.