BASICS, SALES AND BOOKS

I am a UK Midlands-based self-employed trainer, writer, consultant and speaker offering services to Local Authorities and schools on: 

         

 CHILD PROTECTION

 ATTENDANCE

 EDUCATION WELFARE MANAGEMENT 

 

Is your school's child protection policy compliant with new DfE Guidance?  (April 2014) Time for a review? Half-day Update/Workshop now available. See 'Training and Consultancy' for more information.

 

OUT NOW: 'Just Ticking the Box? Refocusing School Attendance'  from www.ypd-books.com  See below.

SELF-STUDY MATERIALS AND RESOURCES. ORDER AND RECEIVE BY EMAIL. Includes unlimited use within your school/college. Great value for money.

Child Protection in Schools: 'Train the Trainer' resource pack: £99 (no VAT)
UPDATED: New DfE Guidance from April 2014. Resources to enable you to train your colleagues at 'Level 1': pre-reading, questions for reflection and self-test; Power Point with Notes and You-Tube links; handouts and group activities; ideas for effective delivery. All you need for a staff update or presentation.
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Preventing and Managing Allegations of Abuse about School Staff: 3 Module self-study and staff training pack: £99 (no VAT)
UPDATED: New DfE Guidance from April 2014. Study and training materials for school leaders and governors. We know what went on in the past. But what about the present? Do you know how to manage a case of possible abuse or know about the potential risks? Training protects children, your vulnerable caring staff and your school's reputation.
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Using Penalty Notices: A Study and Train resource pack: £99 (no VAT)
A range of practical resources to address the use of PNs and other legal interventions and also support your school's wider attendance work: 2 PowerPoints; training handouts; model policy; in-school audit, a copy of my latest book and the Groupwork pack below.
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Attendance Groupwork pack: £20 (no VAT)
A 4-session programme to help children review their attendance and set personal targets for improvement.
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TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL DELIVERY ON REQUEST

  • Child Protection: policy and procedures in schools and colleges
  • 'Train the Trainer' workshop for those delivering child protection training in their school/college at universal level/'Level 1'
  • Level 1' Child Protection Training for Schools (INSET presentation)
  • Preventing and Managing Allegations of Abuse about Staff (for senior managers and governors)
  • Attendance update and best practice in schools
  • Using Penalty Notices and other legal interventions

See 'TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY' for details



Looking for advice? Click on 'USEFUL DOCUMENTS' for downloadable documents and Guidance on attendance, child protection and other issues relevant to children's welfare in education. 

 

On 'BEN'S BLOG' the current topics are: 'KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION' and HOME TRUTHS ON DANIEL PELKA   

'JUST TICKING THE BOX?

Refocusing School Attendance'

£7.99 from www.ypd-books.com

 

There are already many books about school attendance, absence and so-called ‘truancy’, so why yet another one? What makes this book different is that I begin with a radical question: ‘Why do we bother’? What is the purpose of our education system and therefore of all our efforts to make sure our current and future citizens make use of it? Government seems wedded to ever more punitive approaches, but is that the best way to overcome disaffection and promote more positive involvement by those most at risk of opting out?

 

My argument is that children should be at the centre, not schools. Raising attendance is primarily an educational activity, not a statistical one. 'School improvement' must be measured by 'child improvement', not by changes in percentages. Actually meeting children's needs is a complex challenge. It's not just about calling out names in a register twice a day, ticking the relevant box and publishing the figures. But there's a risk that making the data look good can become the priority. 'What code can we put to 'improve' our attendance?' rather than 'What can we do to resolve this child's non-attendance'? Indeed, much absence may be condoned or even ignored because there may not be an immediate solution available and so the real figures are distorted by the pressure to think about the school's performance in the 'league tables'. But is that really the point? I don't think so. Time for a change of focus.

 

My books 'Walking Without God', 'Finding the Way' and 'Updating the Map' are now available through Amazon, new and used, all at reduced prices, in aid of Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton.

NEW HUMANIST SPIRITUALITY BOOK (FREE DOWNLOAD)

'The Apostate's Creed: A pilgrimage beyond belief'
The Apostate's Creed Ben Whitney.pdf
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Our human 'problem' is not a broken relationship with a God. No-one needed to die to put that right; the whole idea is primitive and outdated. It's relationships with each other that matter and make life worthwhile. We have created gods and religions to explain it all but they are no longer believable. So now we have to create new myths and meanings for our own age, not just keep repeating those designed by different people for a different time and place. My Christian heritage is of great value, but it has to be constantly re-interpreted, not just recycled. That I CAN  believe in! What do you think?