BEN WHITNEY Independent Education Welfare Consultant, Trainer and Writer email: ben.whitney1@btinternet.com tel: 07939 103340 SUPPORTING ATTENDANCE AND SAFEGUARDING IN SCHOOLS INCLUDING CHILD PROTECTION 'LEVEL 1' 'TRAIN THE TRAINER'
BEN WHITNEYIndependent Education Welfare Consultant, Trainer and Writeremail: ben.whitney1@btinternet.comtel: 07939 103340 SUPPORTING ATTENDANCE AND SAFEGUARDING IN SCHOOLSINCLUDING CHILD PROTECTION 'LEVEL 1' 'TRAIN THE TRAINER' 

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.

Courses, workshops and FORUM events

My main offer is 2 extended TRAINING COURSES:  

 

                   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. 

 

Take the Attendance Test! Answers explored during my courses and events.
WHAT DO I KNOW.pdf
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Self-Study Packs by email: Just £75 each

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.

Resource Packs

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

Training 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, get in touch via email or use the 'CONTACT'  page.

 

 

See #WHITTER for thoughts on education welfare isses. Currently: Making Child Protection work and Term-time holiday confusion.

And another thing .....

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.

SO WHERE NOW ON TERM-TIME HOLIDAYS?
Term time holiday 2016.pdf
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REFOCUSING OUR APPROACH TO ABSENCE
Homework or Classwork.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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A PowerPoint Overview of my Offer
Training and Support for Schools.pptx
Microsoft Power Point presentation [1.4 MB]

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  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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Disclaimer

ALL INFORMATION AND ADVICE PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE, AND IN RELATED RESOURCES AND EVENTS, IS  GIVEN IN GOOD FAITH AND IS TRUE AND ACCURATE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF. HOWEVER NO LIABILTY IS ACCEPTED FOR ANY ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES ARISING THEREFROM OR FOR ANY IMPLICATIONS OF UNINTENDED ERRORS.  I HAVE BOTH PUBLIC LIABILITY AND PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE.

Links and Info

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