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,
(new requirements from September 2016), 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 High Court ruling on the Isle of Wight case?
Are you looking for ideas to help you deliver 'Level 1' Child Protection updates for your staff? Under new DfE Guidance from September 2016 everyone has to be updated at least annually. Governors have to be sure that the implications of key messages have been understood. How does your setting plan to do this? Is the role of the Safeguarding Lead clear? Are all the necessary child protection policies and procedures in place - including a Staff Behaviour Policy or Code of Conduct and how to Manage an Allegation?
Portfolio Courses and FORUM events
MANAGING ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE and
TRAIN THE TRAINER: DELIVERING CHILD PROTECTION UPDATES IN SCHOOLS
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 for optional local accreditation. PLUS practical resources to follow up the training.
'My school's attendance has improved significantly since your input and my attendance lead's Portfolio of work is quite stunning!'
I regularly deliver events for FORUM BUSINESS TRAINING including training for either attendance workers in schools or Safeguarding Leads. SEE LINK ABOVE FOR DATES AND VENUES OF SEMINARS, CERTIFICATE COURSES AND CONFERENCES.
'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'.
Half-day Workshops/governor briefing
I also offer three interactive WORKSHOPS for groups of senior managers and staff on child protection and attendance policies and procedures. These are based around the self-study materials in the RESOURCE PACKS below and focus on the legal framework, Ofsted requirements and achieving best practice. Half-day for each topic or combine any two for a whole day. A shorter briefing session on safeguarding just for governors may also be available. Contact me if you are interested in this option, before or after ordering the packs. The relevant audit/training pack is provided free of charge after the Workshop or discounted from the training fee if already purchased. Normally only available for schools in the Midlands area. Other areas at additional cost for travel etc.
'Many thanks indeed for your support last week. The session was invaluable'..
Resource packs by email
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 to 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.
Just looking for information and advice? Click 'DOCUMENTS' for Guidance on attendance and child protection in schools or get in touch with me via email or phone
See #WHITTER for my thoughts on education welfare isses. Currently: Tracking missing children and the continuing fallout from the Isle of Wight case.
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