Mr David Mowbray
High expectations and attendance are key to lifting student academic results
A recent newspaper report focused on the impact of high expectations and attendance on student learning and results. Students who felt their teachers had high expectations of them did better and the report shows that teacher's encouragement to work hard drives academic performance. This report mirrors other studies of the positive impact that high parent expectations can have on their child’s success as well.
The report also said that when two students had identical socioeconomic status and academic performance, a student who did not skip classes, or miss days, in year 7 was on average three months ahead in their learning by year 9, compared with a student who had poor attendance. The student with good attendance would also score almost five points higher in their year 9 NAPLAN reading test than a student who regularly missed school or turned up late. I wonder what the cumulative impact is on the senior students VCE results when they miss school. What is your child’s attendance like? TC’s attendance data has improved this year, but it is still way behind the state average. Every day matters!
The report also said, schools, like TC, that set high expectations and relentlessly persist that students must work hard to succeed, encourage students to do better and set personal goals, provide feedback, submit tasks on time and expect homework provide an environment that will allow students to be more successful. This is where the GPA provides a strong insight into how your child is progressing in these key areas and why we have goals and targets to improve in these areas.
As part of the pursuit of higher expectations in teaching and learning, the staff are using the next two Monday’s (30th and 6th) to explore more impactful teaching delivery in the classroom. We are hosting a guest speaker, next Monday, to outline a refinement to our current way of teaching. Then in some follow up work we will use the pre-Melbourne Cup Monday, a traditionally low attendance day, to cement our learnings and develop key strategies to implement in 2018.
Later this week we will be sending out a letter to all parents and guardians of some key information on changes to the school day, attendance, uniform and computer, Head start dates and how the end of year is shaping up.