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Exploring the Links Between Behaviour and Attendance in Schools

There is no doubt that COVID-19 and the unprecedented closure of the nation's schools during the pandemic has had a long lasting effect on pupil attendance. In the last academic year, 22.3% of pupils missed more than one in 10 sessions, roughly double the proportion of 2018-19.

Improving attendance in schools is vital for pupil wellbeing and development, and it also helps foster positive behaviour and empower students academically, socially and emotionally. 

Re-watch this popular session from the Main Stage at the Schools & Academies Show, where our expert panel delve into the issue of pupil absenteeism further and how this links to behaviour. 

The session was focused on the following topics:
  • What values underpin our interactions with pupils and staff? 
  • Understanding which approaches work to improve behaviour and and which don’t  
  • What better attendance means for your behaviour policies 
  • Dame Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner for England 
  • Matthew Cooke, Chair, National Association of Virtual School Heads 
  • Emma Balchin, Co- Chief Executive, National Governance Association 
  • John Pearce, President,  Association of Directors of Children’s Services 
  • Chair: Jon Severs, Editor, Tes

You can tune into the session on-demand below and listen at your convenience!


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