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Engage Pathway

Engage Pathway Overview and Descriptors 

Some students find it harder than others to attend school and therefore at all stages of improving attendance, schools and partners should work with students and parents to remove any barriers to attendance by building strong and trusting relationships and working together to put the right support in place.  For the most vulnerable students, regular attendance is an important protective factor and the best opportunity for needs to be identified and support provided.  Research has shown associations between regular absence from school and a number of extra-familial harms.

Schools can access the following package: ‘Five Day Focus: – 10 hours per week, for up to 2 hours per day (AM or PM slot).

Engage Pathway staff will work with identified students to support and improve attendance.  Schools would be responsible for allocating students through a referral to Inclusion Services.

Support could include: home visits, breakfast, transport support, family support to help establish routines and expectations, coaching to help understand and overcome poor punctuality and attendance, well-being support, signposting (eg. for young carers, families with financial difficulties), daily/weekly safeguarding “eyes-on” checks, weekly progress feedback to schools and access to Raedwald Trust Safeguarding and SEND team to work alongside the school and family.  Where specific learning gaps are a barrier to attendance, staff will be the conduit to the organisation of the home schools personalised catch-up curriculum.

DurationHalf termly
Age RangeYear 3 – Year 11
Description of Pupil Profile
  • On-roll mainstream school
  • Any pupil identified by a school to have persistent poor punctuality and/or attendance. (An attendance rate of 95% is generally considered good; this allows for children to miss 9.5 days across the school year. Persistent absence (PA) is defined as an attendance rate of 90% or below.)
Nature of Placement
  • Dual placement with mainstream school.
  • Staff will support pupil to access their mainstream school through a variety of interventions and techniques to support the wider school and family.
Pathway StructureFive Day Focus – up to two hours of support, daily.