Perfect Attendance – Available Now!
We’ve just launched a brand-new range to help you to reward pupils with ‘Perfect Attendance’!
Following feedback from teachers, we’ve added some fantastic new products to our collection of Attendance Rewards. The range includes a Certificate and Postcard, as well as standard and Personalised Stickers. They all have an explosive new star design.
Health + Fitness = Improved Attendance
Supporting pupils to attend school as often as possible is incredibly important: Regular attendance means they will have a better chance of getting great results in their SATs and GCSEs.
Improving the health and fitness of pupils has been proven to increase attendance levels. Currently, one in three children leaves primary school obese or overweight. This could potentially be changed with the help of both teachers and parents by educating children on how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Encouraging Pupils to be More Active
Not all children are naturally athletic, so one great way to ensure everyone can get involved is to emphasise fun over exercise. After all, we’re much likely to join in active games if we’re having a good time. Make sure that your lessons are accessible so that non-sporty types and kids with physical disabilities can also get involved.
If we introduce kids to a wide range of sports and activities, they are more likely to find something that they enjoy and that catches their imagination. They are then more likely to carry on with these activities under their own steam, either during break time and lunch time or outside of school.
Benefits of Physical Activity
A 2015 report by Public Health England said that the benefits of physical activity for pupils include:
Enhanced cardiometabolic health; musculoskeletal health/muscular strength, bone health and cardiorespiratory fitness
Enhanced mental well-being including positive self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and stress
Emerging association with academic achievement, improved concentration and attention
Improved confidence and peer acceptance
With better nutrition students are able to learn better, have fewer absences, and their behaviour improves.
Increased Brain Function – deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals are shown to inhibit cognitive abilities as well as concentration. Therefore a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet helps pupils to process information more effectively.
Better Behaviour and Learning Environments – Healthy pupils are likely to have fewer absences. In addition, malnutrition can lead to behaviour problems, and, as we all know, an excess of sugar can also have a negative impact on child behaviour. So, by looking after our pupils’ diets we can increase attendance and ensure that our classrooms are a more productive and happy environment for everyone.
Positive School Outcomes – A high-quality diet is associated with better performance in exams due to increased concentration and school attendance.
Setting an Example
As a teacher and/or a parent, it is vital that we set an example to children with our own personal diets. Children often lead by example, so it is vital that ‘we practice what we preach’ and show children that a healthy diet filled with nutritious foods can be just as ‘fun’ as an unbalanced diet.
Also, teaching can be a physically demanding profession, with long hours which can be a constant drain on our energy. This makes it all the more important that we should follow a balanced diet to make the days a little bit easier.
The information in this article first appeared in our ‘Improved Health and Fitness = Improved Attendance’ blog in March 2018. Click here to read the full blog.
Rewarding Perfect Attendance
PTS has a fantastic range of Attendance Reward products, including certificates, stickers, badges, CertifiCARDS, pencils and mugs. They can help to give pupils that little extra motivation to come into school day in day out and make the most of their education. Rewards include Great, 100% and Perfect Attendance.
We have an abundance of new products at PTS this November, and lots more coming soon! Take a look here at our latest releases below and what to keep an eye out for this month.
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