A welfare-based approach to managing school attendance and absence

NOTE: I am now concentrating on helping schools to address their attendance and absence responsibilities. Advice and training on child protection and safeguarding should be readily available via your LA or LSCB education representatives.

Each school has to determine its own 'rules' about how to manage attendance but the 2006 Registration Regulations and the 2016 DfE Guidance must be consulted first. There are detailed requirements with which all schools must comply. And then what should you do  with all the data you record? How much do you really know  about the actual reasons for the various kinds of absence in your school?  They're not all the same. The action you take will need to fit each child's circumstances, not just be a computer-generated process once absence reaches a certain percentage. 


  • How will your school now deal with requests for term-time leave?  The Supreme Court ruling has re-emphasised that headteachers still have to decide whether to authorise it. What does 'exceptional' circumstances mean for you?.
  • How much pastoral discretion is appropriate or reasonable in response to lateness, sickness, medical appointments etc?
  • What is a 'persistent' absentee and what do you need to be doing about them?
  • Are you recording some absences that could be avoided?
  • When must you involve the local authority and other external agencies? What action might they take in response?
  • What does Ofsted expect?
This all requires staff training, strategic planning and  effective policies and procedures.

My offer

I can provide self-study resources and activity packs by email or run audits and events at your school to help you ensure best practice. This means you can tailor the timing, content and participants to your requirements, and at a much lower cost per head than conventional courses.  Even better value if a group of local schools collaborate and arrange an event for their staff together.


  • all my products and events include on-going advice by email on request
  • unlimited future use in your school of all the resources and training materials provided
  • no VAT is payable on any of my fees
  • travel expenses etc. only outside the Midlands area   


Resource and Groupwork Packs: Only £50 for both when ordered together

REGULARLY UPDATED. Do you need to refresh your own and your colleagues' awareness of current issues in attendance but don't have time to attend a course or arrange an event? Do you need  information quickly for a governors' meeting or a pre-Ofsted review? I sell a RESOURCE PACK  sent by email for self-study and unlimited future use in your school and a GROUPWORK pack to support your work with targeted pupils.






'Really useful resources. This has saved me hours!'


The resource pack will help you to address your strategic and leadership responsibilities in a very cost-effective and flexible way. It includes copies of DfE Guidance and supporting reading, with exercises and activities, including an audit tool and model policy. Study the contents at your own pace, identify what you need to do next and then cascade the information to your senior colleagues, governors or whole staff using the included Power Point presentation with delivery Notes.  

Half-day Attendance Seminar and Audit

In the Midlands area only I offer a half-day SEMINAR/AUDIT for  senior leaders and key pastoral staff on developing effective attendance policies and procedures. This is based around the PowerPoint and other materials in the  RESOURCE PACK. It focuses on the legal framework within which schools have to operate and achieving best practice in registration and attendance management. Contact me if you are interested in this option, before or after ordering the pack.  The pack is either provided free of charge or discounted from my fee if you have already purchased it and then wish to request the Seminar or Audit later.  


'Many thanks indeed for your support last week. The session was invaluable'..

Whole-day Attendance Workshop or  Portfolio course

This one-day training event or extended programme is designed for a group of schools to request, at a time and venue of your choosing. They are intended for school-based EWOs/Attendance Officers, parenting workers and their managers. Each  involves  the delivery of an initial day's WORKSHOP with the OPTION of further reading and written reflection, individual advice and support by email and the creation of a Personal Learning Portfolio for local accreditation. Both methods INCLUDE practical resources for use in the schools concerned. See link below for details. Additional charges for travel etc.if outside the Midlands area.


​'My school's attendance has improved significantly since your input and my attendance officer's Portfolio of work is quite stunning!'


Packs and Audits

Resources by email and half-day in-school audits and seminars on attendance policy and procedures


One day event or extended training opportunity on attendance and absence for attendance officers etc.

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