Latest News | 9 July 2024

Pupils help devise a campaign about school attendance

Derby City Council
Derby County Community Trust
Derby County Football Club
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Children across the city have contributed to a campaign about school attendance, with the help of Derby County Community Trust and Derby City Council.

Pupils from schools including City of Derby Academy, Chellaston Academy, Hardwick Primary and Bishop Lonsdale Church of England School worked on the campaign about the positive reasons for attending school.

It is part of Department for Education Priority Education Investment Area programme aiming to improve attendance, which is being run locally by the trust and the city council.

The campaign, which features the words and voices of young people, was launched in front of 300 delegates from 95 Derby schools at the third annual Inclusion Conference, held at Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium.

Jo Wilkinson, inclusion partnership manager at Derby County Community Trust, said: “We are really excited about our attendance campaign going live and we have a toolkit for schools to use themselves.

“The messaging is very positive – focussing on why school is brilliant and what students feel they gain by being in school, which was why speaking to pupils themselves was so important.

“We have produced short, animated clips designed to be relevant to all schools across the city including voiceovers from our students, as well as posters that support the animations and the whole campaign will run during the next academic year.”

The conference was organised by the city’s Inclusion Partnership, which is a collaboration including Derby County Community Trust, Derby City Council, Primary Strategy Group and Derby Secondary Heads Group.

It was the third annual event; at the first Inclusion Conference in 2022 and since then more than 100 schools in Derby have signed the Inclusion Charter committing to five key principles.

Keynote speaker was Dave Keeling from Laughology and workshops were given from leading educational experts including Wayne Harris, Richard Gerver and Adele Bates.

There was also a marketplace with more than 50 organisations and schools sharing their solutions and approaches to supporting attendance.

Jo said: “It was great to have so many people, who genuinely care about school attendance and inclusion, all under one roof, working together to make sure Derby children are accessing the education that can help change their lives.

“We hope to encourage children to attend school by sending out the message that ‘school means more’.

“While learning is a key part of school life, it’s also brilliant in so many other ways including friendships, new experiences, creating memories and having fun.”

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