Well im not sure about focusing on the attendance of pupils. I think we should maybe focus on the schools attendance at events like the workshop days. Out of a confirmed 60 places on each day only half the numbers turned up and some pulled out at the last minute (the day before). Most of the schools that did turn up turned up 10 minutes late which made us pushed for time.
I also noticed how unengaged and uninterested many of the teachers were at engaging with thier own pupils. Some disappeared, some were playing on their phones and some turned up for sessions without their pupils! You have to laugh as its rather scary to think modern day kids have these people to guide them!
However some were VERY good and involved and all the tutors commented on how much of a difference it made to the pupils level of engagement in the sessions. It goes to show that a teachers have a significant influence over their pupils and its a shame some cant be bothered.
It will be included in marketing materials that it is expected that teachers get actively involved and are responsible for their pupils. This is a delicate issue though as without schools on board theres no point in the project continuing so care should be taken.
On the other hand the pupils were wonderful.