Maintaining Attendance Throughout the Festivities – A Former Teacher’s Top Tips

maintain attendance throughout the festivities

As a former teacher, I understand the difficulties schools face during the festivities.

The holiday season approaches, and schools often face the challenge of keeping pupils engaged and motivated to attend classes. 

With the allure of festive celebrations and winter break just around the corner, maintaining attendance can be a tricky task. However, there are several proactive measures that schools can take to ensure that pupils remain focused on their learning in the run-up to Christmas:

1. Communicate Effectively

Maintain open lines of communication between teachers, pupils, and parents. Clearly communicate the importance of attendance during the weeks leading up to the holidays and the impact it can have on academic progress. Address any concerns or issues promptly to ensure that students feel supported.

2. Keep an eye on attendance data

Regularly collecting and analysing attendance data allows school administrators to identify patterns, address potential issues, and implement targeted interventions. This data-driven approach enables schools to make informed decisions and act accordingly to ensure the attendance standard remains high.

3. Lean on incentives and rewards

Implement attendance incentives and rewards for pupils who consistently attend classes. Consider creating a reward system that recognises and appreciates regular attendance, such as small tokens, certificates, or even a class-wide celebration for reaching attendance goals. Positive reinforcement can be a powerful motivator.

4. Engage parents

Keep parents informed and involved in their child’s education. Send out regular updates on upcoming events, class activities, and the importance of consistent attendance. It may be worth reaching out to parents parents to convey the academic expectations and emphasise the value of attendance in these crucial weeks

Here at Compass Education, we’re all about making the difficult things easy. Our incredible data analytics module – Pulse – enables users to analyse and compare attendance data at every level, in order to reward pupils, classes and year groups, or address any potential attendance issues.

Our communications solutions – such as our mobile app and our instant messaging module ‘Compass Connect’ – enable staff, pupils and parents alike to engage with one another and take joint ownership of a child’s school journey.

To find out more about Compass, and how we are helping schools to manage their attendance in the run-up to Christmas and beyond, visit us online. Or reach out to connect in person.

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