Using the carrot and stick approach to improve attendance When Jill Hislop arrived at Haywood school in Nottingham as the new head teacher, attendance and punctuality were poor and many children felt school was not for them. Today, three years on, the school has one of the fastest rates of improvement in the country.

This transformation involved changing the whole school ethos using an American programme called Consistency Management and Co-operative Discipline (CMCS). Jill Hislop explains the programme and the need to create a positive environment to attract and engage pupils. A whole school approach to attendance and punctuality is now in place with a careful use of carrots and sticks. Electronic registration, 1st day calling to parents, and a ‘late gate’ have all made a difference. An improved curriculum has helped engage less academic pupils and a system of reward cards is popular. However despite the improvement Jill Hislop is constantly vigilant and is aware that there is still a lot more to do.

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