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:
EDUCATION WELFARE MANAGEMENT
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.
We know what went on in the past. But what about the present? We now have a statutory duty to prevent and deal with it. Do you know how to manage a case of possible abuse?
Details and Introduction.pdf
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A 4-session programme to help children review their attendance and set personal targets
attendance group work pack Introduction.[...]
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TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LOCAL DELIVERY ON REQUEST
- Attendance update and best practice in schools
- Using Penalty Notices and other legal interventions
'Level 1' Child Protection Training for Schools (INSET)
- 'Train the Trainer' Workshop (for those delivering 'Level 1' in their school)
Preventing and Managing Allegations of Abuse about Staff (for senior managers and governors)
Workshop for Designated Persons for Child Protection in Schools
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: ALL IN THE PAST? and IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST?
'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 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?