Morning

09:30 - 09:40

Chair's Opening Remarks

Victoria Franklin

Victoria Franklin

President, National Association for Support Workers in Education (NASWE)

09:40 - 10:10

Government Priorities for Improving School Attendance

  • Progress with implementing measures outlined in the ‘Working Together to Improve School Attendance Guidance’
  • Feedback from the new national attendance dashboard
  • Other Government initiatives to help combat unauthorised absence and next steps
Live Q&A
10:00 - 10:10
Victoria Franklin

Victoria Franklin

President, National Association for Support Workers in Education (NASWE)

Joanne Sierzega

Joanne Sierzega

National President, Association for Education Welfare Management (AEWM)

10:10 - 10:50

Panel Discussion: Education Providers’ Progress with Implementing New Government Absence Guidance

  • Embedding a whole school culture that promotes the benefits of high attendance
  • Developing a clear school attendance policy
  • Maintaining attendance registers and having effective day to day processes to follow-up absence
  • Analysing attendance data to identify pupils or cohorts that require support
  • Building strong relationships with families to understand and remove barriers to attendance
Live Q&A
10:40 - 10:50
Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright

Executive Headteacher, Brook House Primary School

Andrew Murphy

Executive Principal, Northern Education Trust

10:50 - 11:10

Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

11:10 - 11:40

Effectively Recording and Using Absence Data

  • Improving data recording procedures
  • Making effective use of the DfE attendance data and tools
  • Establishing regular analysis to allow for identification of concerning patterns
  • Using school attendance data proactively rather than reactively
  • Preparing for Ofsted inspections with attendance data

 

 

Live Q&A
11:30 - 11:40
Ian Hemingway

Ian Hemingway

Attendance Improvement Lead, Star Academies

11:40 - 12:10

Networking Break

12:10 - 12:40

Panel Discussion: Meeting New Duties for Local Authority Attendance Services

  • Tracking local attendance data to prioritise pupils, pupil cohorts and schools on which to focus improvement efforts
  • Prevention, early intervention and working with an early help or whole family plan with multi-disciplinary teams to unblock the barriers to attendance
  • Using the whole range of legal sanctions
  • Improving the attendance of children with a social worker through their Virtual Headteacher
Live Q&A
12:30 - 12:40
Joanne Sierzega

Joanne Sierzega

National President, Association for Education Welfare Management (AEWM)

Julia Morris

Julia Morris

Attendance and Welfare Support Service Manager, Bath and North East Somerset Council

12:40 - 13:40

Lunch

Afternoon

13:40 - 14:10

Effectively Engaging Parents to Improve Attendance

  • Understanding parents’ perspectives about why children are not in school and differing attitudes about school absences
  • Effectively communicating with parents around attendance and expectations – what works and what alienates
  • Addressing barriers to attendance and referring families to available resources and services within the school and community
Live Q&A
14:00 - 14:10

Ellie Costello

Director, Square Peg

Claire Barrett

Comms lead & Peer Supporter, Not Fine in School CIC

14:10 - 14:50

Panel Discussion: Support for Particularly Vulnerable Pupil Cohorts to Stay in Education

Understanding specific attendance challenges for certain pupil cohorts and how to provide targeted and tailored support for these children and their families by meeting their mental health, safeguarding, SEND, behaviour management or practical needs. Including, but not limited to pupils who are;

  • SEND and ALN
  • Young carers
  • EAL and traveller families
  • Disadvantaged pupils
  • Students who have been excluded from education
  • Looked after children

 

 

Live Q&A
14:40 - 14:50
Neil Miller

Neil Miller

Executive Headteacher, Bromley Trust Academy

Rohit Naik

Headteacher, Hope School

Julie Bunn

Virtual School Head, North Yorkshire County Council and Chair, National Association of Virtual School Heads (NAVSH)

14:50 - 15:00

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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