Behaviour and attendance: To show how a strategically managed intervention can reduce absence


  • Date: Mar 2005
  • Programme: Behaviour and Attendance (B&A)
  • Focus: To show how a strategically managed intervention can reduce absence
  • Number in series: 17
  • School name: John O’Gaunt Community Technology College
  • Phase: Secondary
  • Key stage: Key Stage 3
  • Local authority: West Berkshire
  • Free school meals (FSM): 3.7%

Brief description of the intervention

  • An initial planning meeting with the Behviour and Attendance (B&A) consultant, a member of the senior leadership team (SLT), the school's regular Education Welfare Officer (EWO) and the LA EWO with a specific remit to improve attendance. This was followed up with regular review meetings to monitor and evaluate impact.
  • Attendance included as a priority in the school development plan.
  • A target set to reduce absence by at least 3%.
  • Attendance included as a standing item on all school agendas e.g. heads of year, SLT, department, parents meetings etc.
  • Allocation of overall responsibility for attendance to a senior member of staff.
  • Regular timetabled meetings between heads of year and the EWO.
  • Named office staff monitor, advise and investigate all issues related to registration codings.
  • Office staff coordinate term and annual rewards for attendance.
  • SLT promote improved punctuality by there presence outside school each morning.
  • Letter from Chief Executive of LA sent to all parents with a message about the importance of attendance and not taking holidays in term time.
  • All staff attended an INSET on the importance of attendance and accurate registration. This is now included in the induction programme for new staff.
  • Plans in place to review and revise the attendance policy.