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Started by Wendy Mack 26 Aug 2013 6:24pm () Replies (5)

Well it looks like we did it Barb!  Pat on the back for us.  I just read an interesting article in the PPTA news which rang a bell about our attendance data.  The article talks about using generalisations rather than factual information to change policy around education.  The main generalisation used in NZ is that 1 in 5 students are failing.  This is actually not the case.  When we talk about our attendance issues we also tend to generalise and in fact make excuses for our students low attendance.  We blame sick children, appointments and family issues, however when we actually "ask the question" and look at other useful variables such as age we realise that these excuses are ours, not the students. In fact in term one this year 7 of the lowest 10 attenders at our school were pregnant.  So much for sick kids.  I guess the answer is data.  Actually researching the issue and having some clear answers that we can then use to put in new incentives or strategies to support students coming to school.


  • He Wero O Nga Wahine (View all users posts) 29 Aug 2013 9:02am ()

    Yay I am in!!!!!!!!! HI !!!

    Who runs a van to collect the girls, how long tdoes it take each morning and afternoon??

    Our Principal suggested last week that getting a taxi van would be cheaper!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thkn not, and the babies wouldnt be in car seats unless they waitd 10 minutes at each house while they put them in the van!!!!!

    some people have no idea!

  • He Wero O Nga Wahine (View all users posts) 29 Aug 2013 12:33pm ()

    Thanks for your response Barabara, we already  run one van and have been promised a second in April, even though we have the money set aside for it, and found a perfect vehicle, it is held up while they contemplate ridiculous "solutions"

    I was just wondering how much time other units spend on travel.


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