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' 

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?

   

Direct Training now available

I offer 2  PORTFOLIO COURSESManaging 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'.

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:

 

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.

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

#Whitter

​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:

 

The distinction between authorised and unauthorised absent ONLY applies to children of compulsory school age, not to all children at the school. Attendance is voluntary outside this range so there can be no offence by parents. CSA does not start until the beginning of January, April or September AFTER the child is 5.
 
The 'expectation of participation' into Years 12 and 13 is NOT an extension of compulsory school age. As with those below compulsory age, ONLY codes denoting AA can be used. Both Reception year and sixth formers are not included in the school's published attendance data.
 
All Y11 pupils must be marked twice a day until the LAST FRIDAY IN JUNE, not only to the end of May, (though the May half term date IS currently still used for the published figures for Y11 only). If a school uses study leave (and why do they, even when the exams are over?) that is authorised absence and will be shown in the pupil's attendance record for the whole year.
 
Holidays in term-time CAN still be authorised if the headteacher considers the circumstances exceptional. The H code still exists and a 'zero tolerance' policy is not required. Sessions marked G do not have to be referred to the LA for a fine. It may be enough just to leave them unauthorised to make the point.
 
If any of this is news to you, or contradicts the advice given by your LA, maybe you need to organise some local training!
 
03.05.16 

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.

And another thing .....

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.

REFOCUSING OUR APPROACH TO ABSENCE
Homework or Classwork.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [332.9 KB]
CALM DOWN! IT'S JUST A FEW DAYS' HOLIDAY
Holiday article 2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [127.7 KB]
CAN WE TRUST SCHOOLS WITH SAFEGUARDING?
From monitoring to empowerment.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [237.1 KB]
DOES YOUR SCHOOL HAVE A PROPER STAFF BEHAVIOUR POLICY?
Staff Behaviour Policy.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [429.9 KB]
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 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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