Tackling poor pupil attendance
To tackle poor attendance, try these strategies from an education welfare officer and our associate experts. Read our case study from a school with a high percentage of pupils eligible for the pupil premium.
We spoke to the principal education welfare officer (EWO) at Haringey Council and 5 of our associate education experts, Mark Trusson, Peter Slough, Marilyn Nathan, David Driscoll, and Jeremy Bird for this article.
Strategies to improve attendance
Ensure that all parents have a copy of the attendance policy.
This should include details of:
- The actions that the school will take at various levels of attendance
- The staff members who will be responsible for dealing with any parents whose child has an attendance level of between 90% and 95%
Your school could also:
Build a relationship between the school and parents of eligible pupils by holding coffee mornings