Attendance is unarguably a persistent area for improvement across all Key To Apprenticeships (K2A) delivery but there are pockets of best practice that we can learn from. K2A provider, Young Person’s Opportunities Project (YPOP) has very good rates of attendance. Anastasia Johnson, director at YPOP shares the 6 features of their no-nonsense approach to tackling absence and punctuality:
- Three members of staff share responsibility for addressing morning attendance: the office manager, the pastoral care manager, and an administrative assistant.
- The administrative assistance visits every class at the centre by 9.15am each day to see which students are missing
- The office manager phones the off-site training centres to check if any students haven’t arrived by 9.15am
- The parents or carers of students who have not arrived are informed by phone
- If there is no response from the parent/carer, the pastoral care manager carries out a home visit
- Students who are absent without just good reason are sent a letter which informs them that they will lose their place if they do not improve. This letter is sent to their home address which gets the parents/carers on side.
These methods mimic procedures at school and may seem regimented but they produce the desired results for YPOP.
What works for you? If you’ve got tips for tackling absence, or want to share your thoughts on what works and what doesn’t, please comment below.