This new course has been designed specifically for the Senior Leadership Team to support you in leading your school through a huge period of change for school attendance.
“Improving attendance is everyone’s business. The barriers to accessing education are wide and complex, both within and beyond the school gates, and are often specific to individual pupils and families. Yet being in school and ready to learn is crucial to pupils’ attainment, wellbeing, and wider life chances. That’s why improving attendance remains a top priority across government.”
Robin Walker MP Minister of State for School Standards
School attendance is set for a huge overhaul in the coming months and the senior leadership team will be expected to put in place plans to manage those changes. This essential course will give you a complete overview of the new guidance and policy and understand what these will mean for your school in practice, for you and the wider school staff.
You’ll look in detail at how, through outstanding leadership you can embed these changes within your school culture to ensure that improved attendance remains a priority in your school.
Your attendance data will be under more scrutiny, and you’ll be expected to use it to facilitate more joined up working with local stakeholders. Make sure you are capturing the right data and understand how you can use your attendance data to support strategic decisions and drive the required improvements.
With an increased focus from Ofsted on school attendance, its more important that ever that you are prepared for inspection day – and that you know how to prepare your staff. Victoria will lead you through the preparation you can make for inspection day and how to correctly evidence the steps you are taking to improve your attendance rates.
Who should attend?
Headteachers, Deputy Heads, Assistant Heads, Governors and anyone else on the senior leadership team should attend.
Key Learning Objectives
This course will enable staff to:
Understand the background to the new DFE guidance ‘Working Together to improve attendance’
Consider the implications of the new expectations placed on schools in relation to attendance management
Understand the importance of getting the management of school attendance right
Feel confident to lead change
Comprehend the strategic use of data for effective attendance management
Explore the use of an attendance audit and self- review tool
Prepare for Ofsted inspection
Know where to find resources to support you in your role
Victoria Franklin is an Attendance Management Consultant working across all phases of education with a remit to raise whole school attendance. Victoria qualified from Bristol University as a social worker with a focus on education and has 30+ years of working in education settings including Local Authorities/Multi Academy Trusts and schools. Victoria has developed systems and procedures to help organisations become more effective in the management of attendance. (Including several Local Authorities holding authority wide specialist responsibility for school attendance improvement and data analysis.)