Have those dealing with attendance and absence in your school ever received any training to help them carry out their essential work? Are you sure you are complying with all the registration regulations, using the absence codes correctly and that everyone is aware of your whole-school attendance strategy? Are you clear about the statutory role of the local authority and the use of Penalty Notices and prosecutions? What are the implications of the May 2016 High Court ruling on the Isle of Wight case?
Are you looking for specialist training and resources to help you deliver 'Level 1' Child Protection Updates for your staff? Do you and your governors need to make sure that all the required safeguarding policies and procedures are in place, including a Staff Behaviour Policy/Code of Conduct and how to Manage an Allegation about a staff member? Further changes to DfE statutory Guidance will come into force from September 2016. A copy is available from DOCUMENTS.
MANAGING ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE and
DELIVERING 'LEVEL 1' CHILD PROTECTION: 'TRAIN THE TRAINER'
These are designed for a local group of schools to arrange for up to 10 people each time. Each course involves the delivery of an initial day seminar, follow-up reading and written reflection, an audit tool, individual advice and support by email and the creation of a Personal Learning Portfolio. PLUS resources to follow up the training. (No additional expenses for events in the Midlands area).
I regularly deliver events through FORUM BUSINESS TRAINING including training for either attendance workers in schools or Safeguarding Leads.
FOR DATES AND VENUES OF SEMINARS, CERTIFICATE COURSES AND CONFERENCES IN JUNE AND THE AUTUMN TERM, SEE LINK ABOVE.
'This training has had more impact on my practice than any other training for a number of years, so thank you'. 'Excellent in both content and presentation'.
I also offer interactive WORKSHOPS on safeguarding or attendance policies and procedures, based around the self-study materials in the RESOURCE PACKS below, if you prefer to arrange a trainer-led event for a local group of participants. Half-day or combine any two for a whole day. Contact me if you are interested in this option, before or after ordering the packs. Normally only available in the Midlands area; other areas at an additional charge for travel expenses etc.
If you need to refresh your awareness of current issues in either attendance or safeguarding but don't have time to attend a course, or if you need information quickly, I sell 3 RESOURCE PACKS sent by email for self-study:
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY / THE ROLE OF THE SAFEGUARDING LEAD
PREVENTING AND MANAGING ALLEGATIONS ABOUT STAFF
MANAGING ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE
'Really useful resources. This has saved me hours!'
These regularly updated packages of resources will help you review your school's pastoral and legal responsibilities in a very cost-effective and flexible way. Study the contents at your own pace, identify what you need to do next and then cascade the information to your governors and colleagues using the included Power Point presentations.
Here's some lively topics and opinions I'm always happy to explore or debate further. Just email me if you'd like to respond.
I've worked with schools for over 25 years on a range of welfare-related issues. My priority has always been on making sure that colleagues know the relevant law and follow the required guidance, but also that they recognise the need for pastoral sensitivity in how they are applied.
Education is supposed to be a partnership, not a battlefield. So I try to take a balanced view that focuses on the child and their needs rather than only the interests and perspectives of schools, parents, local authorities or Government.
With attendance in particular, it's not all about the data. As with safeguarding, it's about children. That means I may not always tell you exactly what you think you want to hear, but I try to offer an honest, independent and well-informed voice that helps you do what is best in all the unique circumstances of every child.
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