WHAT DO I OFFER? A welfare-based approach to managing school attendance and absence
NOTE: From Easter 2017 I am concentrating on my attendance work and no longer also offer support and training on child protection and safeguarding in schools. Help and advice should be readily available via your LSCB or local authority.
How much do you really know about the absence in your school? It isn't all the same. The codes don't tell you everything. Your responses will need to fit the child's actual circumstances, not just be some computer-generated automatic process. Children and their parents should be understood as individuals before we decide what to do.
I can provide self-study resources and activity packs by email or run audits and training events at your school to help you ensure best practice. This means you can tailor the timing, content and participants to your requirements, and at a much lower cost per head than conventional courses. Even better value if a group of local schools collaborate and arrange an event for their staff together.
SCHOOL-BASED ATTENDANCE AUDITS, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER TERM
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? How do you use all the information in your registers? What works, what doesn't and why! Have those who deal with attendance and absence (and those who manage them) ever received any training in the law that governs what they do, including the significance of compulsory school age? Are you fully aware of your duty about children missing education and the off-registration procedures? Are your staff clear about the statutory role of the local authority and the proper use of Penalty Notices, prosecutions and other welfare-based interventions?
- all my products and events include on-going advice by email on request
- unlimited future use in your school of all the resources and training materials provided
- no VAT is payable on any of my fees
- travel expenses etc. only outside the Midlands area
Resource and Groupwork Packs: Only £50 for both when ordered together
REGULARLY UPDATED. Do you need to refresh your own and your colleagues' awareness of current issues in attendance but don't have time to attend a course or arrange an event? Do you need information quickly for a governors' meeting or a pre-Ofsted review? I sell a RESOURCE PACK sent by email for self-study and unlimited future use in your school and a GROUPWORK pack to support your work with targeted pupils.
MANAGING ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE
ATTENDANCE GROUPWORK ACTIVITY PACK (KS2/3)
'Really useful resources. This has saved me hours!'
The resource pack will help you to address your strategic and leadership responsibilities in a very cost-effective and flexible way. It includes copies of DfE Guidance and supporting reading, with exercises and activities, including an audit tool and model policy. Study the contents at your own pace, identify what you need to do next and then cascade the information to your senior colleagues, governors or whole staff using the included Power Point presentation with delivery Notes.
Half-day Attendance Seminar and Audit
In the Midlands area only I offer a half-day SEMINAR/AUDIT for senior managers and key staff of your choosing on attendance policies and procedures. This is based around the PowerPoint and other materials in the RESOURCE PACK and focuses on the legal framework, policy and procedual requirements and achieving best practice. Contact me if you are interested in this option, before or after ordering the pack. The pack is provided free of charge or discounted from my fee if you have already purchased it and then wish to request the Seminar/Audit.
'Many thanks indeed for your support last week. The session was invaluable'..
Whole-day Attendance Workshop or Portfolio course
This one-day training event or extended programme is designed for a group of schools to request, at a time and venue of your choosing. They are intended for school-based EWOs/Attendance Officers, family workers and their managers. Each involves the delivery of an initial day's WORKSHOP with the OPTION of further reading and written reflection, individual advice and support by email and the creation of a Personal Learning Portfolio for local accreditation. Both methods INCLUDE practical resources for use in the schools concerned. See link below for details. Additional charges for travel etc.if outside the Midlands area.
'My school's attendance has improved significantly since your input and my attendance officer's Portfolio of work is quite stunning!'