Improving lateness and attendance

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For many colleges, lateness and poor attendance among students is an issue.  It's always useful to know how other colleges deal with this.

In recent years, a group of colleges in Bristol took action with hard-core poor attenders.  A working party was created, students were brought together in groups during tutorial time.  After recording their activities, this is what they recommend:

  • Ask students to work out how many days off they have had themselves so far
  • Ask students to work out what these days off calculate as a percentage of attendance
  • In small groups, ask students to think of one thing they could do to feel better about coming to college every day (obviously if 14-16 years old then attendance is compulsory, so the suggestions must be reasonable)
  • Tell students you will take feedback from groups about suggestions
  • Tell students that 17 days away from college every year means that they will probably obtain a whole grade lower in their exams/assignments than they...