"The Cooperative Academy has been the highest-attending high school in Manchester for the last four years and constantly strives to keep the attendance at a high level. We currently have 900 students on roll. The attendance up to half term 5 this academic year was 97.21% and our PA level was 3%. In the last released DfE’s figures we came in the top 1% in England.
The Academy is based in an area of low-income families with a high proportion of students coming from challenging, complex backgrounds. Keeping students engaged and attending regularly is a daily challenging task.
We were introduced to EDLounge in the middle of the academic year 2016 – 2017. The impact on our attendance was instant and has a positive impact on our figures.
I can confidently say that if we had had the package sooner we would have had a lower PA figure and increased attendance. With the purchase of the EDClass seat we have access to EDLounge which we have set up in our internal Exclusion Suite, this provides students who would normally have to work from worksheets, access to lessons and coursework that they would normally be completing in lessons.
In my role as Attendance Manager and Safeguarding Officer I am often asked to visit other schools and Academies to offer support in improving their attendance. I have no problem in endorsing the EDLounge Company to Schools and Academies as a tool to improve their attendance and support students.
Many Thanks "
Jenny - Attendance Manager & Safeguarding Officer
The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
A Six-Week Case Study
Cohort: A cohort of 15 students, who are not just school refusers but also “PRU refusers.”
Objective: To use EDVirtual (our Virtual Classroom) to help educate, support and provide safeguarding for a range of students using both school and EDLounge teaching and support staff.
Methodology: Learners follow a personalised and bespoke learning pathway in English and Maths, receiving virtual online support from a school Safeguarding Mentor and virtual online lesson support from EDLounge teachers.
Stats: 14 out of 15 students (93%) made progress completing a six-week English and Maths programme.
Stats: 83.25% attendance rate.
Stats: 4% increase in Whole School attendance.
Stats: One student's percentage increased by 43%.
Stats: 36% of cohort had 100 % attendance.
Success: Two of the students asked to come back into centre and have been successfully reintegrated.
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