Quick and Dirty View of an Artefact Project

This is only intended to help you conceptualise the requirements of a project. Please do not use it as a true reflection as you will lose marks or even fail because there is a lot of missing project requirements.


Title Improve whole school students attendance through targeted policy change
Context/ Background Schools are judged by Ofsted and parents using an array of indicators which influence the schools’ league table ranking. Whole school attendance is one of these indicators which influences not only the stakeholders’ judgment (Campbell, 2013) but students day-to-day behaviour within the classroom (Campbell, 2014). Research has shown that tackling attendance increases the level of students positive behaviour and learning (Campbell, 2015) which results in an increased students performance (Campbell, 2016). This in turn impacts on the schools’ league table ranking.
Problem Currently whole school student attendance (83%) is lower than the 95% statutory requirement (DoE, 2017).
Impact Students are missing literacy and numeracy lessons which means they are falling short of their expected learning target, which will influence the schools’ league table ranking.
Solution The creation of a new attendance policy based on best practice. For example, office staff to phone parents by 930am to identify why their child is not in school. After two phone calls home, the child is referred to the educational welfare officer with a view to issuing an attendance fine.
Success Criteria
  1. The attendance figure will improve to 95%
  2. Students will have more assessment evidence in their subject books
  3. Students learning levels will start to improve
Project Management
  • Linear (waterfall) or non-linear (agile) management style
    • You may use a different approach during the artefact creation
    • Why is this the best management approach for your project
  • Gantt Chart and narrative of time scale
  • List of risks (resulting in time slippage or project failure)
Secondary Data
  • Approaches to improving whole school attendance within the UK
  • Approaches to improving whole school attendance within the outside the UK
  • What is the best practice for writing a whole school policy
  • What design features will increase accessibility and usability of the new attendance policy.
Primary Data
  • Whole school attendance figures (before/ after)
  • Number of students who are persistently absent (before/ after)
  • Classify persistently absent students by risk level (high, medium, low)
  • Number of phone calls home per child
  • Number of referrals to the education welfare office per child
  • Teachers book scan (evidence of student work) (before/ after)
  • Student assessment level identified by the teacher (before/ after)
Ethical Consideration (Added 18th Sept 18)
  • See this link for details – Ethical and Legal Factors
    • Data Protection (GDPR)
    • Ethical Framework
    • Consider the impact on user and organisation
Artefact Success Criteria
  • Create a list of indicators that when achieved will demonstrate that your artefact is successful
  • Identify each success criteria with a unique number
  • The success criteria will link back to your project success criteria
    • Identify the number of students not attended (whole school attendance rate)
    • Identify the number of phone calls home (reducing number of phone calls supports an increase in students attendance)
    • Identify the number of referrals to the educational welfare officer (reducing number of referrals supports an increase in students attendance)
Artefact Requirements
  • This is like say explicitly identify everything that the artefact will do, see this link.
  • What key information from the secondary research will you include in your new attendance policy
  • What key information from the primary research will you include in your new attendance policy
  • Identify each requirement with a unique number and link to your stated artefact success criteria (and because your artefact success criteria are linked to your project success criteria you are closing the circle)
Testing/ Validating
  • Use focus group with senior managers to identify their understanding of what a new attendance policy will include and look like (and map across to secondary research).
  • Check to make sure that the employees job role allow for the change/ increase in workload (and get this signed off by senior management)
  • Make any changes to the new attendance policy and send out to all stakeholders requesting feedback.
  • Have office staff to enter data into the data tracking tool and act on their feedback.
  • Make any further changes based on feedback and get final approval from senior management
  • Demonstrate (using data) that your artefact requirements have been achieved successfully
Test/ Pilot Study
  • Speak to individual (groups) staff who are required to implement the new attendance policy to make sure that they are able to fulfill the policy requirements.
  • Run the new policy for one week and review the collected data
  • Make any changes and implement
Results/ Discussion
  • After one term (12 weeks) analyse the data and present it in charts, graphs and tables
  • Link back to your secondary research
  • Link back to your project title
  • Link back to your stated success criteria
Critical Evaluation Writing your Critical Evaluation
Conclusion Writing Your Conclusion
Recommendations Writing Your Recommendations
Critical Reflection
  • Link back to your logs
  • Link back to your updated Gantt Chart

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Quick and Dirty View of an Artefact Project
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