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Successful behaviours through reward-based programme

A reward-based programme that was trialled in the USA has been implemented in Aran Hall independent special school. The programme has helped the majority of pupils to manage their own behaviour successfully. As a result, pupils now attend school regularly and treat others with dignity and respect. Pupils have learnt how to use the community safely, and attend college and work experience placements. From this, pupils have gained relevant accreditation for their work. Read more >

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Developing whole school systems to bring about rapid improvement

Heolgerrig Community School has improved standards in reading and attendance as well as securing improvements through honest and accurate self-evaluation. Its improvement journey has taken the school out of special measures to performing above average in several areas. Read more >

Early identification and support of learners at risk of disengaging

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai makes effective use of an early identification tool to identify and support learners at risk of leaving a course before completion. Read more >

Kitchener attendance

Increasing attendance through better communication with parents

Improved communication with parents has seen pupil attendance at Kitchener Primary School significantly increase over the last three years, and the school now has some of the best attendance rates compared to other primary schools. Read more >

St Helens

Engaging with parents to improve pupil attendance

Through a combination of after-school classes for pupils and wider family engagement, staff at St Helen’s Primary School have reduced pupil absence and created an inclusive learning environment. Read more >

Mary Immaculate

Using targeted support to increase attendance and improve behaviour

Mary Immaculate RC High School supports vulnerable learners with ‘The Bridge’, a learning area located in a quiet part of the school that supports pupils with emotional, behavioural and learning needs. Read more >

Garnteg attendance

Engaging parents and improving attendance

Garnteg Primary School uses family engagement projects and after-school clubs to encourage parents to help reduce learner absence. Read more >


Engaging with pupils and parents to improve pupil attendance

Wolfscastle Primary School has achieved consistently low pupil absence rates after involving learners and parents in the development of their attendance policy. Read more >

Tackling the impact of deprivation on pupil attainment

Hafod-y-Wern Primary School carefully manages and monitors the impact of deprivation on pupil attainment. As a result, the school has increased attendance, lowered exclusion rates, improved standards in key subjects and built positive working relationships with parents. Read more >

A holistic approach to improving attendance

A holistic approach to improving attendance

Ysgol Gymunedol Cefn Hengoed Community School, Swansea, has used a wide range of strategies that have significantly improved pupils’ attendance. A multi-agency approach that includes text messaging parents, targeting particular groups of pupils and setting up a breakfast club, has ensured improving attendance is a high priority and successful focus of the school’s work. Read more >