BEN WHITNEY Independent Education Welfare Consultant, Trainer and Writer email: ben.whitney1@btinternet.com tel: 07939 103340 SUPPORTING ATTENDANCE AND SAFEGUARDING IN SCHOOLS INCLUDING 'FORUM TRAINING' COURSES
BEN WHITNEYIndependent Education Welfare Consultant, Trainer and Writer email: ben.whitney1@btinternet.comtel: 07939 103340 SUPPORTING ATTENDANCE AND SAFEGUARDING IN SCHOOLSINCLUDING 'FORUM TRAINING' COURSES

Have those dealing with attendance and absence in your school ever received any specific training to help them carry out their essential work? Are you sure your school is complying with all the registration regulations, using all 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 their other powers? There are more legal duties on schools than there are on parents. Do you know what they are and their implications for your practice?        

 

Are you looking for specialist training in the role of the Safeguarding Lead or for resources to help you present a 'Level 1' Child Protection Update for your staff? Do you and your governors need to make sure that all the required safeguarding policies and procedures are in place, including developing a Staff  Behaviour Policy and how to Manage an Allegation​ about a staff member? Further changes to DfE statutory Guidance will come into force from September 2016. The draft Guidance suggests that SLs will need to update their own training annually from then on.

   

Self-Study 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:

 

SAFEGUARDING IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

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.

Direct Training

My main offer is courses through FORUM BUSINESS TRAINING:   CPD-Certified day seminars and follow-up reading and resources with an audit tool, questions for reflection and individual feedback. Specialist courses for either attendance workers in schools or Safeguarding Leads. See link for upcoming dates and venues. I also  contribute to their journals 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'.

 

I also have limited availability to offer 2  PORTFOLIO COURSES  on either attendance or safeguarding for groups of schools to organise amongst themselves for delegates of your choosing. I run these on request in the West Midlands area only, 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, individual advice and support by email and the creation of your own  Personal Learning Portfolio. PLUS other resources for use in your school or college to follow up the training. 

Resource Packs

Information and training resources to support both safeguarding and attendance in your school

Portfolio  Courses

Specialist and personalised small group training in attendance or safeguarding in schools

Just looking for advice? Click on 'DOCUMENTS for downloadable Guidance on attendance and child protection, or get in touch via email or use the 'CONTACT' page.

 

Currently on BEN'S BLOG: 'Child employment: Britain's blindspot?'

 

DISCUSSION PAPERS

Planning a Conference? Here's some lively topics and opinions I'm always happy to explore or debate further. Or just email me if you'd like to respond.

REFOCUSING OUR APPROACH TO ABSENCE
Homework or Classwork.pdf
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CALM DOWN! IT'S JUST A FEW DAYS' HOLIDAY
Holiday article 2016.pdf
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CAN WE TRUST SCHOOLS WITH SAFEGUARDING?
From monitoring to empowerment.pdf
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DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE A PROPER STAFF BEHAVIOUR POLICY?
Staff Behaviour Policy.pdf
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                               HUMANIST SPIRITUALITY

 

Can I find a moral and fully human way to live well, but without a conventional religion or a God to guide me? We are (almost) all humanists now. So how do we decide what to do and who to be?  Is there such a thing as a 'Christian' humanism? Click  HUMANISM for a video talk and my latest writings (including a FREE paperback and download) where I explore these questions as an atheist but with a valued Christian heritage.

 

 

Values and Vision

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 either schools, parents, local authorities or Government 

 

That means I may not always tell you exactly what you think you want to hear, but I hope I 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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Links and Info

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