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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