Tuition is an effective intervention in a pupil’s learning, and evidence shows that tuition can boost progress by three to five months. However, the impact of attendance in tuition is significant and learners need to attend sessions regularly to benefit from tutoring sessions.
One area that can make or break the learning journey is attendance at tuition sessions. Attendance is important because it helps pupils catch up on the learning they might have missed or are behind in. In this blog, we explore why attendance matters and how it impacts the success of both learners and educators.
Why Attendance Matters
Missing a tutoring session can affect pupils’ progress and outcomes. Tutors ensure pupils attend tutoring unless they are unwell or have a valid reason. Learner attendance is monitored across all Fleet’s education provisions. When attendance consistently falls below 85%, Fleet Education Services has processes that ensure intervention takes place quickly.
Consistency is Key
Consistency makes for effective learning. When learners attend tuition sessions regularly, they build upon the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in previous sessions. Each session builds on the last, creating a learning trajectory that reinforces learning.
When learners attend sessions, educators build up a rapport with them and can identify their strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. This interaction forms a bond between the tutor and the pupil, grounded in trust, communication, and understanding. This connection encourages learners to engage, ask questions, and seek help when needed, leading to better academic outcomes.
Improved Pupil Performance
Attending sessions creates a sense of accomplishment and boosts pupils’ confidence, motivating them to excel academically. Consistent attendance links to better academic performance, helping learners achieve their educational goals. During the 22/23 academic year, 75% of Alternative Provision (AP) learners met or exceeded their attainment targets where they had attended at least 85% of sessions.
The Role of Educators with Attendance
Attendance at tuition sessions is a fundamental factor in determining its success. If a learner attends at least 85% of their tuition sessions, based on our stats, the evidence suggests much better outcomes.
When clients and learners understand the benefits of regular attendance, they are more likely to prioritise it. Pupils do not always link attendance, achievement, and future plans. Educators play a role in promoting attendance. They help encourage learners to attend by :
- helping pupils understand why attendance is important.
- setting expectations on attendance from the beginning.
- leading by example with good attendance and punctuality.
- providing regular updates on progress, goals, and areas for improvement.
- delivering engaging sessions that are relevant to the learner’s needs and interests.
By creating an exciting and dynamic learning environment, educators can motivate learners to attend sessions.
Rewards are a good strategy for communicating the importance of good attendance to pupils, particularly in primary schools and for younger secondary-age pupils. To encourage learner attendance, Fleet Education Services has schemes for in-person and online use.
Attendance schemes can help tutors set out expectations for attendance. They provide an opportunity to address poor attendance positively. They also help motivate pupils and ensure learners are rewarded as they progress towards better attendance.
If an absent learner attends a tutoring session, the tutor may ask them how they have been and mention something positive about the next session: “It’s our revision session tomorrow; remember, looking forward to seeing you there!”
Star in a Jar Scheme
A tutor may use this scheme with primary to Lower Key Stage 2 pupils. Educators can print ‘A star in a jar’ and learners can cut out the stars and stick them on the jar each session.
Superstar Award Scheme
Educators award stars to learners at the end of each half term to keep them on track and reward them for attendance. This can be used in conjunction with Star in Jar of course.
Attendance Award Certificates
For the end of tuition, there are bronze, silver and gold attendance certificates and a certificate of completion.
Accountability and Support
Educators should hold learners accountable for their attendance and performance. Setting expectations and tracking progress can help learners stay committed. Additionally, offering support when learners face challenges can make a difference in their attendance and success.
The Impact of Attendance in Tuition for Clients
Clients invest in tuition to see results in their learners’ academic performance and development. Regular attendance assures clients that tutoring is worthwhile. When learners attend sessions and show improvement, it demonstrates the effectiveness of tutoring.
Consistency, personalised learning, and strong relationships are a few benefits of regular attendance. Clients can rest assured that their investment in tutoring is well-placed when they see the results. For the 2022/23 academic year, 88% of learners made progress of 5% or more.
More Success, More Opportunities
For educators, the benefits of high attendance go beyond helping learners achieve academically. When clients see positive results, educators increase their chances of more work. Clients are more likely to recommend Fleet to their peers and colleagues if their learners are achieving successful outcomes. And the better their results with learners, the more likely Fleet Education Services is to give them work too.
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