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Student attendance: Small changes, big difference

Small changes can have big effects. For example, short and personalised text messages sent to learners can help improve pass rates by 12 per cent, and an online writing assignment helped increase attendance rates by nearly 10 per cent. We will discuss these and more results of our latest trials in the two-part webinar series, on 9 and 18 May 2017.


[Blog abstract]

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has run projects with college learners, employees, and British Army soldiers taking functional skills courses to determine effective ways of improving maths and English skills. Our interventions are rigorously tested with Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and harness the small changes that can create big effects.

Social network and support 

Take, for example, our Social Support programme implemented in nine FE colleges. A large body of research shows that having the support of parents and peers is beneficial to a student's well-being and educational success. But how do we encourage a student’s social network to get involved in their learning?

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