'Welfare' is back in the Ofsted standards from September 2015. The Safeguarding Guidance for schools has been revised again. The persistent absence threshold has changed. Are you up to date?
Do you need to present a 'Level 1' Child Protection Update for your staff or are you looking for an opportunity to reflect on the role of the Safeguarding Lead? Do you and your governors need to make sure safeguarding policies and procedures are in place or receive training in developing a Staff Code of Conduct and Managing Allegations?
Are you sure your school is 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 role of the local authority and the best use of Penalty Notices and their other statutory powers? Have your staff dealing with absence ever recieved any formal training to support their essential work?
I sell 3 RESOURCE AND TRAINING PACKS by email on safeguarding in schools and colleges, preventing and managing allegations about staff and managing attendance and absence. These packages will help you review your school's pastoral and legal responsibilities in a very cost-effective and flexible way. Study the packs 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.
I offer 2 extended PORTFOLIO TRAINING COURSES for a group of schools to purchase for up to 10 participants each time. This involves the delivery of an initial day seminar, follow-up reading and written reflection, an audit tool and the production of a Personal Learning Portfolio, PLUS other resources for use in your school or college. Designed for in-school attendance workers or Safeguarding Leads.
I also provide in-school safeguarding or attendance tutorials and run face-to-face training seminars for individual settings or local groups of schools in the Midlands area only, (see below for seminars and other support currently on offer).
CONTACT ME BY PHONE OR EMAIL TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR TO ARRANGE A LOCAL EVENT.
See also FORUM BUSINESS TRAINING for day seminars and extended Certificate courses on both attendance and safeguarding in schools, currently in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. I also contribute regularly to their journals and conferences.
£400 for a seminar/tutorial (Midlands area only + travel costs)
Repeated sessions, events in other areas or longer-term work by agreement. See also extended Portfolio courses.
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VALUES AND VISION
I have spent the last 25 years working with schools on a range of welfare-related issues. I may not always tell you what you think you want to hear, but I hope I offer an honest, independent and well-informed voice that keeps the needs of every child and young person at the centre.
My personal vision is to help schools to be places of safety, with caring and compassionate staff who always act within the law and who are constantly striving to improve the quality of both their own practice and each child's overall educational experience.
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