Course Content
Understanding the Importance of Attendance
- Introduction to the module and its objectives. - Highlighting the significance of regular attendance for academic success and personal development. - Exploring statistics and research on the impact of attendance on educational outcomes. - Understanding the consequences of poor attendance on long-term achievements. - Identifying common reasons for student absences and their effects. - Case studies and real-life examples illustrating the importance of attendance.
Identifying Barriers to Attendance
- Understanding the various factors that contribute to student absenteeism. - Identifying common barriers to attendance, such as health issues, family responsibilities, transportation challenges, bullying, mental health issues, socioeconomic factors, lack of engagement, academic difficulties, homelessness, and personal circumstances. - Conducting surveys or assessments to determine the prevalent barriers within the student community. - Analysing the collected data to gain insights into the primary reasons for absences.
Creating a Supportive and Inclusive School Environment
- Exploring strategies to create a positive and supportive school culture. - Implementing anti-bullying programs and safety measures to ensure a safe learning environment. - Promoting mental health awareness and providing resources for students in need. - Strategies for engaging and motivating students in the learning process. - Fostering a sense of belonging and inclusivity through extracurricular activities and community involvement. - Collaborating with families and the wider community to support students' overall well-being.
Implementing Attendance Improvement Initiatives
- Designing and implementing attendance improvement initiatives tailored to the specific needs of the school and its students. - Developing partnerships with local organisations, transportation agencies, and social services to address attendance barriers. - Providing academic support through tutoring programs, peer mentoring, and individualised intervention plans. - Offering flexible scheduling options and accommodating students' personal circumstances while ensuring educational requirements are met. - Establishing a school attendance team to monitor attendance data, track progress, and provide support to students and families.
Monitoring and Evaluating Progress
- Learning to use attendance data effectively to track progress and identify trends. - Analysing the effectiveness of attendance improvement initiatives and making data-driven adjustments as needed. - Creating a system for regular communication with parents and caregivers regarding attendance and progress. - Celebrating and recognising improvements in attendance to motivate students and reinforce positive behaviour. - Developing long-term strategies to sustain attendance improvements and ensure continuous support for students.
Cultivating a Culture of Attendance
- Empowering students to take ownership of their attendance and educational journey. - Promoting attendance through positive reinforcement, rewards, and recognition. - Involving students in designing and implementing attendance campaigns and initiatives. - Creating a school-wide attendance policy that sets clear expectations and consequences. - Engaging with parents, caregivers, and the community to reinforce the importance of regular attendance.
Rise and Thrive: Mastering Attendance for School Success
About Lesson

Likelihood and Reasons for Increased Risk of Criminal Activity Due to Poor School Attendance


Research indicates a correlation between poor school attendance and an increased likelihood of engaging in criminal activities. While not all students with poor attendance turn to crime, the risk factors associated with absenteeism can contribute to higher rates of delinquency. Studies have shown that students who are frequently absent from school are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, including criminal activities, compared to their regularly attending peers.


  1. Lack of Supervision:

    • Students who skip school often lack adult supervision, increasing opportunities for engaging in unlawful activities.
  2. Peer Influence:

    • Absenteeism can lead to association with peers who also engage in delinquent behavior, reinforcing negative actions and attitudes.
  3. Educational Disengagement:

    • Poor attendance results in disengagement from education, reducing the perceived value of school and increasing susceptibility to alternative, potentially illegal, activities.
  4. Academic Struggles:

    • Falling behind academically can lead to frustration and a sense of failure, which may push students towards delinquency as a coping mechanism.
  5. Lower Self-esteem:

    • Frequent absences can lead to lower self-esteem and self-worth, making students more vulnerable to negative influences and criminal behavior.
  6. Economic Factors:

    • Students with poor attendance are less likely to achieve academic success, limiting future job opportunities and increasing the likelihood of turning to crime for financial reasons.
  7. Mental Health Issues:

    • Absenteeism is often linked with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to criminal behavior if not addressed appropriately.
  8. Substance Abuse:

    • Students who are frequently absent are at a higher risk of engaging in substance abuse, which is often associated with criminal activities.
  9. Family Environment:

    • Poor attendance can be indicative of underlying family issues, such as neglect or abuse, which are risk factors for criminal behavior.
  10. Lack of Positive Role Models:

    • Absentee students may lack access to positive role models and mentors, making them more likely to follow a path of delinquency.