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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2011-2012: It wasn’t my fault, my alarm didn’t go off! An understanding of the perception of strategies to improve attendance and punctuality within a Further Education setting

Principal focus of the project

The researcher used focus groups of learners, tutors, and mentors alongside surveys to discover what they thought about punctuality and attendance and how they felt about its effects on education within the institution for students considered at risk.

Areas of learning
What is this about and what were the main findings?

Senior managers broadly agreed on the value of punctuality and attendance but worked from different definitions. Mentors and tutors noted that referrals to them were inconsistent and wide ranging, from anger management issues to time management, but most were based on attendance and punctuality issues. Current strategies for improving attendance and punctuality were largely seen as ineffectual, mainly because of variations in what was seen as acceptable and differences between personal tutors and curriculum staff. These difficulties were compounded because there was a lack of consequences for poor attendance and lateness and too little recogniton of the positive efforts of those who did attend or arrived punctually. Students themselves very much disliked the disruption caused by late arrivers and habitual abstenteeism

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Mahfia Choudhury - South Birmingham College

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A research report exploring how perceptions of attendance and punctuality create barriers within vocational education and the evaluation of their impact on teaching and learning strategies on learner motivation.

Resource Type: Report, Research report
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