Every Day Counts – Improving School Attendance

Like to say how thrilled I was today at the launch of the Every Day Counts campaign at the Keighley Picture House.  Fifteen schools in the central Keighley got together to form the campaign and I had the pleasure of producing the film.

See the report and part of the film on the BBC website

The film was a collaborative affair with the schools and students providing much of the effort. I think making films with the schools – as opposed for the schools – is so much more rewarding. What has impressed me most has been the way the schools in the locality have been able to work together. Decisions are made quickly and without fuss and support can readily be found for good ideas. All the teachers, students and parents were a joy to work with.

The event at The Picture House was was the focus for much of the publicity. A number of newspapers turned up and BBC Look North reported on the event.

Yorkshire was recently recorded as having the highest level of truancy from secondary school and the second highest overall truancy rate behind only inner London. And within Yorkshire Keighley is not performing at all well overall.

You can follow the campaign on Facebook.