SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE     Supporting best practice 

 

I HAVE REDUCED ALL MY FEES FOR 2018/19 AND OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR REPEATED EVENTS.

CONTACT ME TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS

  • Management Pack by email
  • 90 minute governors' briefing
  • Half-day in-school audit
  • Training days for senior leaders and Attendance Officers
  • Midlands based

 

   Every school, every pupil, every day. 

  •  What legal 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 should absences be marked unauthorised?
  •  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 the different responses that may be required?
  •  What absence data is published and how is it used by Ofsted?

 

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 data is accurate, overall attendance is probably about as good now as it will get - but it still has to be managed in all schools and, in some cases, improved. Many of those doing this work have never had any training or ever read the key Regulations or the latest DfE Guidance about how it should be done. But they define how most day-to-day issues should be handled. There are also times when there are no 'rules' and you have to use your discretion, so how do you decide?

 

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

  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, an absence typology to assess your school's profile, an audit and action-planning tool 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). 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!'

 

Half-day Attendance Management Audit or                    Governors' Briefing                  Midlands area

           

In the Midlands area only I offer a 90-minute ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT BRIEFING for governing bodies (£150 NO VAT + expenses) and a half-day ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT AUDIT for senior leaders and key staff, (£200 NO VAT + expenses). As well as looking at your registration practice, I will help you complete the audit tool and work through the PowerPoint in the RESOURCE PACK above, all of which is included. 

 

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 invaluable'..

 

Whole-day Attendance Management Seminar for senior leaders and governors                            Any area                               

Do those who are responsible for your school's attendance management understand the legal framework within which they have to work? What underpinning policies and procedures do you need? The DfE Governors' Handbook specifies that they should oversee the school's registration practice in order to monitor its effectiveness and ensure compliance with the Regulations. How will they do that? Do they understand the crucial links to safeguarding? 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 managed, supervised and trained?

I can deliver a local interactive training day on request, (£400 NO VAT + expenses). Why not host an event for representatives from your local schools or those in your group/MAT? See more details and programme below:

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  Whole-day Attendance Officer Workshop                             Any area                                                    

'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'.

 

This practical one-day training  event is designed for a  group of schools to request for local delivery. (£400 NO VAT + expenses). This training is intended for school-based Attendance Officers,  those who deal with entering registration data, family and parenting workers etc.

 

INCLUDES practical 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, 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 don't do twitter but I do 'whitter' about education welfare issues. Currently: A change in the law on proving a child was sick.

 

But there is more to life than work so you'll also find a page about my humanist approach to 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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