The intervention - is divided up into 12 sessions, covering different aspects of the programme.
The student pack - contains 12 worksheets which enable the student to develop skills, log their thoughts and feelings and to form the basis of the discussions.
The facilitator pack - accompanies the student pack contains roughly 24 - 40 pages which support the worksheets, suggesting what to discuss, which issues to cover and how to encourage good debate.
AIMS OF INTERVENTION
This intervention programme is aimed at tackling poor attendance; carrying out the attendance groups during form time, to be able to monitor their attendance weekly. The sessions enable short bursts of relevant discussion that hold their interest and alter their view point, with no more lessons missed. The ultimate aim is to improve each student’s attendance.
For these sessions you will need access to the student’s attendance records and to familiarize yourself with the school’s attendance policy and liaise with the attendance officer to identify students and any possible issues to be aware of.
Attendance below 85%
Persistently late for school
Persistently late for lessons
*Check with attendance officer if there are any exclusions, due to an ongoing medical issues.
BASIC OVERVIEW OF THE INTERVENTION SESSIONS
1.Expectations and rules – general overview of the course and its aims.
2.Views on attendance – how the students see attendance in general.
3.School in general – are there wider issues affecting their attendance at school.
4.Patterns of absence – to see if there are any ‘patterns’ to their absence.
5.% absence and figures – how days off stack up and affect their attendance percentage.
6.Mid way review/celebration – A review of student’s progress and achievements thus far.
7.How ill am? What is the aim? – encouraging the student to come in if they are just a bit ‘ill’.
8.Lates, how do they affect jobs? – looking at how this impacts their future?
9.Jobs etc – continuing the theme from last week’s session.
10. Attitudes questionnaire – has their attitude improved since they have been in the group?
11.Views on – looking at truancy and the dangers it involves.
12. Celebration/graduation – success from the group and choices for the future.