SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE      Supporting best practice 

 

CONTACT ME TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS

  • Management Pack by email
  • 90 minute governors' briefing
  • Half-day in-school audit
  • An attendance MOT
  • Specialist training for Attendance Officers
  • Midlands based

 

                                    See more details below

 

   Every school, every pupil, every day. 

 

Most people think attendance law is all about 'truancy', term-time holidays and what parents must do. But it's mostly about what schools must do. That's my focus. If the published information is accurate, attendance in most schools is probably about as good now as it will ever be - but are you doing everything correctly? An assistant head has just been struck off from teaching for deliberately falsifying the figures. Other senior leaders have been forced to resign. Ofsted has identified hundreds of schools that may have off-registered pupils illegally. Do individual children who need us to respond get lost in the overall data? Do our interventions actually work?

 

                                   TEST YOURSELF!

  •  What legal registration duties do headteachers have?
  •  What's the most important reason for keeping registers?
  •  What is the definition of compulsory school age and what             difference does it make?
  •  When do you still have to involve the local authority?
  •  When can children be legally off-registered?
  •  What should be included in your attendance policy?
  •  Do you know the underlying reasons why children are                   absent and all the different responses available?
  •  What absence data is published and how is it used by                   Ofsted?

 

Absences are not all the same. I identify at least 8 different kinds in my training. So I take a considered and pragmatic view of how to manage attendance and absence, based on a thorough analysis of the issues. Everything we do should aim to be lawful, thoughtful, caring and effective. It's not just about the data!

        Attendance Management Resource Pack              

Power Point presentation with delivery Notes PLUS copies of Registration Regulations, DfE  Guidance, an exercise and advice on using the codes, and a model policy. Sent to you by email.

 

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.  £50 (no VAT). In the Midlands area, if you would rather invite me to work with your school in person (see below), the pack is included FREE.

 

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

 

Attendance Management Pack details.pdf
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          Half-day Attendance Audit or Governors'                                    Briefing                                  Midlands area

           

In the Midlands area only I offer a 90-minute ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT BRIEFING for governing bodies (£200 NO VAT + expenses) and a half-day ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT AUDIT for senior leaders and key staff, (£300 NO VAT + expenses). As well as looking at your registration practice, I will help you complete an attendance audit and work through the PowerPoint in the RESOURCE PACK above, all of which is included. More details in the pack download above.

 

This session focuses on the legal framework within which all schools have to operate, DfE regulations and Ofsted expectations, policy and safeguarding issues and achieving best practice in day-to-day attendance management. If your LA no longer provides advice or an independent audit, how do you know you are doing things correctly?

 

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

 

           An Attendance and Absence MOT!                                  Whole-day seminar                                                        Any area                                             

'We really enjoyed the day, the information and experience you shared were invaluable'

 

Most of your work on attendance is probably running smoothly. But there may be a few advisories that you need to be aware of and perhaps even the odd major issue that needs immediate attention. This is an opportunity for senior leaders to give their school a check just to be sure. Who's in your school's 'attendance team'? Have they ever had any training? Does everyone understand the legal framework within which they all have to operate? What underpinning policies and procedures do you need to ensure best practice?

The DfE specifies that governors should oversee the school's registration practice in order to monitor its effectiveness and ensure compliance with the law. Has anyone in your school ever read the key Regulations and DfE Guidance? Who's checking that things are being done correctly? What will Ofsted expect to see?

PLUS: Schools are increasingly taking over responsibilities that were previously carried out by local authorities and employing their own staff to do them. How can leaders ensure they are properly equipped, supervised and trained?

I can deliver an in-school interactive training day for as many participants as you wish; (£500 NO VAT + expenses). See more details and programme below:

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        Whole-day Attendance Officer Specialist                             Training Workshop                                                         Any area                                                    

'I would definitely recommend it as a must do workshop for anyone working in attendance'.

 

This practical one-day training  event specifically for Attendance Officers is designed for a  group of schools to request for local delivery. (£500 NO VAT + expenses). This training is also useful for those who deal with registration data, family and parenting workers in schools etc. 

 

INCLUDES a range of resources  including a GROUPWORK programme for use with targeted pupils at KS2/3.

 

Covers the law on attendance and registration, coding issues, understanding your school's unique absence profile, how to respond effectively, working with the local authority, attendance tactics and ideas and getting the support you need. See more details and programme below.

 

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MY CHOSEN CHARITY

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Welcome

I am committed to a welfare-based strategic approach to managing attendance and absence. I may not always tell you exactly what you think you want to hear or repeat what you always thought was true. But I will offer you an informed and independent voice that gives you real practical help in carrying out your statutory duties and seeks to promote more effective solutions for those children and young people who most need them. I also 'whitter' about education welfare issues. Currently: If education is not compulsory, then it's not compulsory!

 

But there is more to life than work so you'll also find a page about humanism and spirituality where I write about the dialogue between faith and life for those who are not convinced that conventional religions take us where we need to go as modern, thoughtful human beings.  I'm not 'religious' but I am human. It's life before death that matters, so how do we decide how to live it?

 

Feedback and comment are always very welcome.

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