“Most school systems are based on the assumption that learning is sequential and successful outcomes are the result of regular attendance.” John Howson in TES (14/01/11)
The disruptions in attendance experienced by teachers and pupils due to the recent weather and now flu viral outbreaks have brought this home only too well. The coming months will demonstrate how well teachers and pupils are able to bridge the holes.
Howson’s analysis of available data suggests that “the percentage of special educational needs (SEN) pupils who are classified as persistent absentees is always higher than the average for all pupils.”
“..for those who want to come to school but cannot do so, often for reasons of illness, we need to find a way of ensuring technology can help.”
Not every home is equipped with the technology to ensure all young people are included even when they are ill but many do. School edubuzz blogs had some lovely suggestions for activities during the snow closures. Teachers and pupils can keep others informed and included while they are absent with illness through the use of imaginative Apps/ photos /videos,etc. Try www.wallwisher.com ; www.glogster.com. Any other ideas?