Resources and events to help schools manage attendance and absence  


Mount Hotel Wolverhampton 9.30 - 3.30

Wednesday November 22nd: £125 incl. lunch


Details and booking arrangements below:

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'I attended your Pupil Attendance and Absence Workshop on Friday 12 May.  I really found the workshop useful, relevant, practical and informative.  I would definitely recommend it as a must do workshop for anyone working in attendance.Your knowledge and presentation were excellent'.

Most attendance work in schools is not about fines and legal 'crackdowns'. And even when parents, or children, are at fault, they are not likely to change their behaviour under threat. I offer an approach that takes a more considered view. We may all need to do things differently if we are to bring about any real change. Absences are not all the same and Ofsted expects school leaders to have a clear grasp of what is going on.


The actions you take will need to match each child's circumstances, not just be a computer-generated standard process once absence reaches a certain level. It's not only about the data. Even if your school's  attendance is very good, or absences have all been authorised, (as four out of five are), a pastoral or safeguarding response may still be required. Everything we do should aim to be lawful, thoughtful, caring and effective.


Headteachers are responsible for a whole range of statutory  registration duties. You can't just  make up your own own rules. Many of those dealing with attendance and absence have never actually read the key Regulations or the latest DfE Guidance about how you should do it. But they define how most day-to-day issues should be handled. Schools and local authorities may even be breaking the law or giving incorrect advice and information to parents without realising it. There are also times when you have to use your discretion. So how do you decide what to do? 


My offer

I can provide self-study resources and activity packs by email or run policy audits and training 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 sending people on conventional courses.  Address the issues specifically as they affect your school.  Even better value if a group of local schools can 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

Do you need to refresh your own and your colleagues' awareness of current issues in attendance but don't have the opportunity to attend training near you or time to arrange your own 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 which includes a GROUPWORK pack to help targeted pupils to improve their attendance.






'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, 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 Power Point presentation with delivery Notes.  


Half-day Attendance Seminar and Audit

CAN ALSO BE DELIVERED AS A HALF-DAY STAFF INSET.  Contact me to discuss if interested.


I offer a half-day single school 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 the Seminar fee if you have already purchased it and then wish to request the Seminar/Audit later.  


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

Whole-day Attendance Workshop with optional 4 unit reading course, written work and individual tutor feedback


This one-day training event or extended study course is similar to the FORUM programme and is offered with or without the additional reading and follow-up written work. It is designed for a  group of schools to request for local delivery, at a time and venue of your choosing with a set fee for up to 12-15 participants.


The training is intended for school-based Attendance Officers,  those who deal with registration data, parenting workers etc. and those who  manage them. Each method involves the delivery of an initial day's  WORKSHOP with the OPTION of further reading and written responses, an in-school self-audit tool, plus on-going advice and individual written feedback by email with tutor accreditation. Both methods INCLUDE practical resources  for use in the schools concerned. See link below for details. Additional charges for travel etc.only if outside the Midlands area.

Packs and INSET

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


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

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