How do you know your child welfare practice is as effective as it should be, or as good as you think it is? The responsibilty for getting these complex duties right increasingly lies with each school and its governing body. Can you evidence best practice and demonstrate compliance with legal requirements?
Have those dealing with attendance and absence 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 their other powers? There are more legal duties on schools than there are on parents. Do you know what they are and their implications?
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. Is your school ready?
I offer 2 PORTFOLIO COURSES: Managing Attendance and Absence and 'Level 1' Child Protection 'Train the Trainer': Resources and ideas for effective delivery. These are designed for a local group of schools to organise amongst themselves for up to 10 delegates 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 also deliver two 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 training for either attendance workers in schools or Safeguarding Leads.
A FEW PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE ON THE 'FORUM TRAINING' ATTENDANCE OFFICER CERTIFICATE COURSE IN LONDON ON 25TH MAY. DATES AND VENUES FOR COURSES IN THE AUTUMN TERM NOW RELEASED (see link above and left).
'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'.
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.
Children kept off school in protest against the SATs must be marked ABSENT, either authorised or unauthorised depending on the head's decision. It is not right to mark them as V or B which would both count as present. So, while I'm at it, here are some other answers to FAQs about registration that have cropped up recently, all based directly on DfE Guidance:
Planning a Conference or training day? 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.
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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