See link on left for Autumn term dates and venues for the very popular FORUM TRAINING CPD-accredited Attendance Officer Certificate and Autumn Conferences.
My approach to attendance and absence training in schools is different from many of my former education welfare colleagues. I'm not so focused on fines and term-time holidays for a start! (The number of sessions lost to holidays has barely changed in 5 years - 0.5% - despite 500,000 Penalty Notices).
Nearly all children attend school nearly all of the time. The DfE, Ofsted and even some local authorities seem to see ALL absence as failure, either by parents, schools or children. They see absence as a 'behaviour' issue. It's actually a management and pastoral issue and most absences are unavoidable or reasonable. Only a minority are unauthorised, but every absence has to be assessed and managed and every attendance properly recorded. Every child; every school; every day - that's my strapline. All schools need proper systems to ensure best practice. And they need to focus on what actually works - not necessarily on what just looks tough.
In almost 9 years working for myself I have had contact with literally hundreds of schools. I very rarely come across one where everything is being done properly. Sometimes LA officers have given entirely the wrong advice. Sometimes parents are told things which are not true. Sometimes no-one has actually read the key Guidance and Regulations. You can't just make it up!
So look upon time with me as an MOT. It may look like everything is running smoothly. But maybe there's a problem hidden under the bonnet or the exhaust needs a clean to improve performance. I can promise you it won't be boring. I may make you think or tell you things you've never heard before. But you'll go away more confident in your role and ready to give attendance the profile it deserves. Looking forward to hearing from you!
My STUDY AND TRAIN PACK is CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FOR A LIMITED TIME. SENT BY EMAIL ON REQUEST. Intended primarily for senior leaders and managers, it contains all you need to review your attendance and absence policy and procedures and then provide your own in-house training for staff and governors.
Is every child in view? Is there evidence of challenge and support from governors? Are all the school's registration and off-registration arrangements lawful? What difference does the compulsory/non-compulsory age distinction make? How should all the codes be used? This is your chance to check what is required and then cascade the information to colleagues to ensure best practice.
IF YOU PREFER, IN THE GREATER MIDLANDS AREA ONLY, I CAN COME AND DELIVER A HALF-DAY SEMINAR OR TRAINING SESSION USING THIS MATERIAL, WITH PARTICIPANTS OF YOUR CHOICE. My fee for this is £300 plus travel expenses, (no VAT payable). CONTACT ME if interested, before or after receiving the pack.
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I am also happy to answer any query from a parent, school or local authority on attendance and absence.
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