Evaluation of the primary behaviour and attendance pilot: the school improvement strand

Rhamie, J. and Hallam, S. (2006) Evaluation of the primary behaviour and attendance pilot: the school improvement strand. In, BERA Annual Conference 2006, Warwick, UK, 06 - 08 Sep 2006. UK, Warwick University2pp.


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Poor attendance and disruptive behaviour in primary schools have a negative impact on learning and teaching. For those children whose attendance is continuously disrupted or behaviour is particularly difficult there can be a substantial impact on subsequent life chances. Improving attendance and behaviour in school depends on addressing a range of inter-related issues at the whole-school level, in the classroom, and in relation to individual pupils. Evidence suggests that schools with high levels of communal organisation, adopting a whole-school approach, show more orderly behaviour. The Primary Behaviour and Attendance pilot took place from 2003-05 and involved 25 Local Authorities. The pilot had four strands, a CPD strand, a school improvement strand, a curriculum materials or SEAL strand, and a small group strand. The LAs selected to participate in the programme were those which were not eligible for other funded programmes. They were LAs with above-average levels of social deprivation, often bordering EiC areas with significant numbers of schools where behaviour was likely to be a key issue. The school improvement strand of the pilot aimed to develop and test out models of LA support where behaviour and attendance were key school
improvement issues. Each LA was funded to employ a ‘teacher coach’ to work with existing services (educational psychology and behaviour support) in schools experiencing difficulty, using a systematic process of audit, action plan, and professional development that included on-the-job solution-focused coaching.

The focus of the enquiry

The evaluation aimed to test out the effectiveness of the school improvement strand in relation to:
• improvements in behaviour, attendance and attainment for individual children;
• teacher skills and confidence;
• and the promotion of effective whole school approaches to positive behaviour, attendance, and improvements in attainment.

Emerging best practice, particularly for the more innovative measures, was identified as was their sustainability within schools and LAs, and transferability to other LAs.

The research methods:

Multi-methods were adopted to undertaken the evaluation of the school improvement strand. Interviews were undertaken with LA co-ordinators and teacher coaches. Field visits were made to 9 schools implementing the strand and interviews were undertaken with head teachers and other staff. Twenty-eight head teachers and 31 teachers completed questionnaires following the completion of the programme and data relating to pupils’ attendance and attainment were analysed.

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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
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L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 48724
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:25
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/48724

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