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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 ideas to help you deliver 'Level 1' Child Protection training for your staff? Under new DfE Guidance from September 2016 everyone has to be updated at least annually.  Governors have to be sure that the implications of key messages have been understood. How does your setting plan to do this? Is the role of the Safeguarding Lead clear? Are all the necessary child protection policies and procedures in place as required by revised DfE Guidance - including  a Staff  Behaviour Policy or Code of Conduct and how to Manage an  Allegation​?  

Courses and FORUM events

My main offer is 2 extended TRAINING COURSES:   




Ideal training for those taking up new roles from September


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 for optional local accreditation. PLUS practical resources to follow up the training

​'My school's attendance has improved significantly since your input and my attendance lead's Portfolio of work is quite stunning!'


I regularly deliver events for  FORUM BUSINESS TRAINING  including training for either attendance workers in schools or Safeguarding Leads. FOR DATES/ VENUES OF SEMINARS,  CERTIFICATE COURSES AND CONFERENCES IN 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'.

Workshops/governor training

I also offer three interactive WORKSHOPS for groups of senior managers and staff on child protection and attendance policies and procedures. These are based around the self-study materials in the RESOURCE PACKS below and focus on the policies and procedures required to fulfill DfE and Ofsted  requirements. Half-day for each topic or combine any two for a whole day. A shorter session just for governors may also be available. Contact me if you are interested in this option, before or after ordering the packs. The relevant pack is provided free of charge or discounted from the training fee if already purchased. Normally only available in the Midlands area. Other areas at an additional cost for travel etc.


'Many thanks indeed for your support last week. The session was invaluable'..

Resource 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:






'Really useful resources. This has saved me hours!'


These regularly updated packages of resources will help you to 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

Click 'DOCUMENTSfor downloadable Guidance on attendance and child protection in schools or get in touch via email or phone


See #WHITTER for thoughts on education welfare isses. Currently: Tracking missing children and the continuing fallout from the Isle of Wight case.