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 The draft Guidance suggests that SLs will need to update their own training annually from then on.
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.
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.
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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.
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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