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Engaging Parents to Improve School Attendance Conference

This Conference is now Closed

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The launch of the persistent absence inquiry by the Education Committee highlights that improving attendance rates remains at the top of the agenda following the new attendance guidance in 2022. Research shows that effective engagement between schools and parents* can lead to increased attendance, as well as improved outcomes.

Building strong relationships through identification and removal of barriers to engagement is crucial in the battle to decrease absence rate, particularly for students with severe and persistent absence.

Join us for this virtual conference for a full day of discussion surrounding parental engagement and attendance. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of how you can work to improve your day-to-day communication with all parents. You will consider in detail the issues surrounding harder to reach parents to help you understand their barriers to engagement and what steps you can take to remove these. 

“Children are ambitious for their futures so the systems in place to support them must be equally ambitious. My target for 100% attendance in schools is not about punishing or targeting parents if they, at present, do not have the support they need for their child to attend school.”

Dame Rachel de Souza, Attendance is Everyone’s Business, February 2023

Who should attend?
Headteachers, Assistant Heads, Deputy Heads, Governors, Attendance Officers, Education Welfare Officers, Pastoral Leads, Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputy DSLs. 

*The term parents is used throughout for conciseness, but should be read to include all carers.    

This conference will enable you to:

  • Ensure you are up-to-date on the latest guidance and regulation in the attendance, as well as a look at what is on the horizon for the next 12 months

  • Understand what the current guidance says about working with parents and families

  • Get to grips with the fundamentals of parental engagements and how it can benefit attendance rates

  • Ensure that your day-to-day communication surrounding attendance is as effective as possible and following best practice

  • Get top tips on what does and doesn’t work to engage parents

  • Identify common barriers for engagement across different groups

  • Take steps to engage with hard-to-reach parents, using alternatives to typical engagement measures

  • Work effectively with parents where children have poor attendance due to mental health issues

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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