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How can standards of behaviour and attendance in sixth forms be improved? This article cites advice from one of our associate education experts on improving attendance and behaviour in sixth forms. It also features a case study from a sixth form that has improved students' attendance.

Expert advice

We spoke to one of our associate education experts, David New, about improving standards of behaviour and attendance in a sixth form.

Clear expectations

David said that clear expectations should be set, covering areas such as the sixth form’s procedures on:

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

These expectations should be shared with students and parents. A sixth form may want to use a home-school agreement to clarify the expectations.

David emphasised the need to ensure that all sixth-form students buy into the expectations by explaining the rationale. For example, students could be told that:

Staff must ensure that the expectations are followed and maintained. It should be explained to teaching staff that the expectations will support increased pupil

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