We hoped to improve the attendance of a targeted group of students, in identified lessons, to increase engagement in a classroom environment.
The approach was to identify 6 students with attendance lower than 90%. We identified the lessons in a 4 week period where these students truanted and worked out on how many occasions they truanted.
These students became part of a project and we referred to the students as “keep them in”. The lessons that students identified as being red, we made bespoke arrangements to include some vocational learning and also interventions, including social skills, team building, I.T skills, along with extra sport, some gardening and time in our salon.
Where we were unable to put interventions in place due to the spectrum of classes these individuals are in (therefore red lessons being at different times). We sat them down, discussed the project with them and had the use of engagement tools (that they could choose from). Therefore for the red lessons they would attend, as we know that being in the class is the conducive place to take in information and learn even when they are not paying particular attention. The engagement tools ranged from Word searches to rubiks cubes. In the red lessons the students were not obliged to take part in the learning as long as they were attending and in class they could sit quietly, not disrupting the learning of others and play/interact with the engagement tool of their choosing.