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Early birds catch the bear

At Rhyl Primary School we are working to improve attendance and punctuality. After being low in the attendance league for the London borough of Camden for a whole year, things are looking up and classes are now hitting their targets - 100 per cent in one week already. Strategies include the borough's education welfare officer, Tanya Popaduk, coming to assembly every week to present a large teddy bear to the class with the best attendance and a colourful "early bird" (complete with worm) for the class with the best punctuality. Tanya and the education welfare team recently rewarded us with a big clock which we have put up just above our "late book" for signing in late children. Stickers and certificates are also highly popular with the children.

Bryce Pedersen, headteacher, Rhyl Primary School, Camden, London.

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