09:00 - 09:15

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

CEO, Sapientia Education Trust

09:15 - 09:35

Children Missing Education: Next steps for Policy

  • What does CME mean? Understanding CME, CMOE and “ghost children”
  • National developments, policy, data, and context
  • The roles of Schools, Trusts and Local Authorities in support, prevention, identification and information sharing
  • CME and Safeguarding
Live Q&A
09:25 – 09:35
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Sara Griffiths

School Attendance, Early Help and Safeguarding in Education Consultant

09:35 - 10:00

Access to Education: falling attendance and Elected Home Education (EHE)

  • Identifying/finding children who are missing from education and understanding the responsibilities of schools/local authority CME teams
  • Next steps to improve school attendance following the COVID pandemic
  • Exploring how improved data collection can be used to facilitate targeted support for children unknown to the system
  • Understanding EHE and why it is on the rise
  • Addressing safeguarding concerns around severe and persistent absence
  • Tackling underlying barriers to attendance: tailoring support to meet pupils needs
Live Q&A
09:50 - 10:00

Jon Needham

Director of Safeguarding, Oasis Community Learning Multi-Academy Trust

10:00 - 10:15


10:15 - 11:00

Emotionally based school avoidance: Providing Support and Engagement Panel Discussion

  • Understanding children missing out on education
  • Understanding the role of mental health in facilitating school attendance
  • Improving inclusivity in education: raising LGBTQ+ awareness
  • Life at home: working with disadvantaged children and their families to reduce CME

Erin Docherty

National Mental Health Lead, Oasis Community Learning Multi-Academy Trust

Elizabeth Rhodes

National Lead for Student Inclusion, Oasis Community Learning

Evie Cryer

LGBTQ+ Lead, Oasis Academy: Henderson Avenue

11:00 - 11:30

Case Study: SEND, AP and SEMH Deep Dive

  • Next steps for the SEND and AP improvement plan to tackle CME
  • Identification and support: achieving quicker and targeted progress
  • Exploring how exclusion can be used as a trigger for intervention
Live Q&A
11:20 - 11:30
Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

President, PRUsAP & Founder, Phoenix Education Consultancy

11:30 - 12:15

Best practice Case Study: Adapting to Changing Needs to Tackle CME

  • Multi-agency information sharing
  • Tackling CME through increased support for students
  • Exploring regional and trust variations
  • Children missing in primary and secondary education: differences and learning opportunities
  • SEND and AP schools: tailoring support to individual needs
Live Q&A
12:00 - 12:15
Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

CEO, Sapientia Education Trust

Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright

Executive Headteacher, Brook House Primary School

Tracey Rice

Council Assistant Service Manager for Access and Inclusion, Sheffield City Council

12:15 - 12:45

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections on our virtual platform

12:45 - 13:35

Working with Children Outside of the Education System

  • Early intervention work to find children unknown to the system
  • Working with children in the youth justice system – minimising the impact on education to encourage rehabilitation
  • Understanding the challenges faced by those new to local authorities and the wider communities
  • The role of child welfare officers in the community
Live Q&A
13:20 – 13:35
Catherine Gladwell

Catherine Gladwell

Chief Executive, Refugee Education UK

Tara Bell

Headteacher, Wandsworth Hospital School and Home Tuition Service

Jane Green MBE

Jane Green MBE

Chairperson, SEDSConnective - Neurodivergent Charity

13:35 - 13:45

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor

CEO, Sapientia Education Trust

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