Event Summary

School attendance is a challenge that affects the prospects and outcomes of pupils and young people. Every child deserves an efficient, full-time education, and ensuring that students consistently attend school is vital to their academic, social and emotional outcomes.

2022-2023 figures show that 7.5%* of school days were missed in state schools from 2022 to 2023, a rise of 60%** compared with 2018-19. More concerning is that 17%*** of primary school pupils and 28%**** of mainstream secondary school pupils were classed as persistently absent.

This significant absenteeism reflects a complex web of issues that extend beyond absence. To tackle this multifaceted problem and pave the way for improved school outcomes, join Westminster Insight’s annual School Attendance Digital Conference.

At the heart of our conference, we will explore the importance of consistent school attendance, parent-school partnerships and supporting pupils and teachers.

Every child, regardless of their circumstances, should have access to an efficient, fulltime education tailored to their age, abilities, or additional needs. You will learn from leading school practitioners, policy makers and experts and gain practical solutions on school attendance.

We will focus on:

  • Government Initiatives: Gain insight on the government’s approach to improve school attendance including objectives from new initiatives like attendance hubs and the Safeguarding Tsar.
  • Resilience and Well-being: Embedding resilience among pupils to prepare them for transitions, to improve behaviour, reduce exclusions and foster equity in education.
  • Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA): Addressing the EBSA risk factors children and young people face at school, as well as in their family environments.
  • ParentSchool Partnerships: Implement effective partnerships between parents and schools, and embed initiatives that build and maintain strong relationships.
  • Supporting Teachers and School Staff: Learn how to support teacher wellbeing and equip staff with the tools they need to make a difference.
  • RealWorld Solutions: Dive into practical case studies that showcase successful examples for bridging the attainment gap and unlocking the potential of personalised learning.
  • Special Needs and Inclusion: Explore how to support students with Special Education Needs (SEND) and those in Alternative Provision (AP) to help improve attendance.

Whether you’re a policymaker shaping the future of education, a school leader aiming to improve attendance, or an expert focused on inclusive learning, attend this conference to network with like-minded peers and learn from best practice.

Key Points

  • Addressing the surge in school absence rates
  • Overview of government initiatives, including the role of attendance hubs, a Safeguarding Tsar and proposals for authorised absences
  • Impact of the pandemic on child development
  • Discussing the intersection between remote learning, mental health and personalised education
  • Acknowledging the unique challenges faced by SEND pupils
  • Empowering students through personalised learning
  • Impact of educator well-being and parent-school partnerships