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Have clear expectations and communicate them with students, staff and parents

For example, set expectations on:

  • Dress code
  • Attendance at lessons
  • Attendance at non-contact sessions, such as enrichment activities
  • Supervised study periods

Make sure everyone understands your expectations. You can use a home-school agreement to get everyone on the same page. 

Explain the rationale to get student buy-in

For example, tell students that attendance, punctuality and meeting deadlines are useful skills for the workplace. Add that you'll include these factors in references for future employers and higher education applications.

Get staff on board so they help to maintain the expectations too

For example, with your teaching staff:

Make sure your sanctions are clear,