Why Attendance Matters

why attendance at school matters

Missing lessons at school can have a big impact on not just how well you do that year. Attendance can have a huge influence on the number of qualifications and the type of results you get.

It’s one of the reasons why schools and the government place such importance on attendance at school and taking part if you’re at compulsory school age. Figures for the school year 2016-2017 show a 2% increase[1] in the number of students who missed one school session due to a family holiday.

Being absent for a single morning or afternoon doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the knock-on effect might surprise you. Even missing just 5% of school can have a negative impact with more than a quarter of those pupils failing to achieve five or more A* to Cs[2]. The outcomes for students missing more than 50% of school are even poorer with just 3% going on to earn five GCSEs at grades A* to C.

Missing school doesn’t just affect your results, it can also be disruptive to peers as teachers try to recap previous topics. It’s also good to remember that the penalties for unauthorised absence can be really severe with parents being fined and in extreme cases – prosecuted.

Of course, nobody can help being ill and taking the time to recover at home is equally important. But with these figures in mind, it’s worth thinking twice before missing school if you’re fit and well but just not in the mood.

If your school attendance is low and you have missed some school and feel like you won’t be able to catch up, then put your mind at rest. The Community Schools have a number of committed tutors all with classroom experience, so they know how to get you back to where you need to be with your studies.

We design sessions that cater for you as an individual so whether you join one of our small tutor groups or choose one to one tuition, we’ll always make sure that you’re supported in a way that suits your learning style.

We have experienced teachers who are subject specialists in: English, French, German, Spanish, Psychology, Maths, Science, and Computer Science. For more information about the areas we cover and how we can help you, fill out a contact form or call us on 07747 037441.

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/692406/SFR18_2018_absence_text.pdf

[2] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-data-highlights-true-picture-of-school-absence

Exam Cramming versus Grade Booster Courses

students studying and revising for exams

What’s the difference between The Community Schools’ Easter Grade Booster Courses and typical private sector “exam cramming or crammer courses”?

If you have your exams coming up this summer, you may be thinking about getting enrolled for some exam revision. You may be familiar with the phrase exam cramming, but at the Community Schools we do things differently. If you are already thinking what are the main difference, one is the fee prices. The Community Schools offers access to affordable and exceptionally good quality tuition at learning centres across Suffolk. The majority of our students attend local state schools.

The Community Schools sessions in English, Maths, Science, Psychology, Modern Foreign Languages and Computer Science at GCSE or AS/A Level are led by subject specialist tutors who are qualified teachers and who have experience gained in successful state schools. We share the best quality teaching and learning methods that have proven so successful in the leading state schools. Our tutors are familiar with the culture of state school education, so we’re well qualified to offer relevant support on any aspect of learning or exam prep.

Another major differentiator is our small class size. Our Grade Booster Courses are delivered in groups of 2 – 5 students. Traditional private sector “exam cramming” or “crammers” typically have 5  – 10 students per class. Running our Grade Booster Courses in small groups helps to keep fees affordable and fosters a supportive team spirit among students. One-to-one private tutoring environments can feel too awkward and intense to many young people.

Our Grade Booster Courses:

  • is not about exam cramming
  • are tailored to the needs of individual students (in our experience, students thrive when they are free from “one size fits all” lesson plans, worksheets, online tests or the restrictions of set text books. We teach using whatever methods and references work best for you).
  • provide excellent individual support in any areas of concern.
  • provide effective strategies for avoiding stress.
  • help you to organise your own learning and improve your own revision skills.
  • give guidance on which are the key topics to focus on for success

For more support, OfQual have produced a guide for students on coping with exam pressure. You can access this documents by clicking here.

If you are interested in registering your child for one of our Easter Revision Grade Booster Sessions, please register online by clicking here.