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.
Improve whole school students attendance through targeted policy change
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.
Currently whole school student attendance (83%) is lower than the 95% statutory requirement (DoE, 2017).
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.
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.
The attendance figure will improve to 95%
Students will have more assessment evidence in their subject books
Students learning levels will start to improve
Linear (waterfall) or non-linear (agile) management style
You may use a different approach during the artefact creation
Gantt Chart and narrative of time scale
List of risks (resulting in time slippage or project failure)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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
After one term (12 weeks) analysis the data and present it in charts, graphs and tables