09:30 - 09:35

Chair's Opening Remarks

  • Welcome and introduction
Trevor Male

Dr Trevor Male

Associate Professor, UCL Centre for Educational Leadership

09:35 - 10:00

Keynote: The Governments Plan to Improve School Attendance

  • Requirement to have an attendance policy
  • The changing role of local authorities in school attendance
  • National framework for attendance and legal intervention
Live Q & A
09:55 – 10:00
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Jocelyn Shaw

Deputy Director, Schools Attendance, Department for Education

10:00 – 10:30

Panel discussion: Exploring the Government's Attendance Proposals

  • What the proposals mean for each educational setting
  • Developing an absence policy for your school
  • Navigating the support available
  • Preparing for the 2022 – 2023 term
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Darren Northcott

National Official, Education, NASUWT - The Teachers Union

Loic Menzies

Loïc Menzies

Visiting Fellow, Sheffield Institute of Education, Cambridge University Press and Assessment

Caroline Barlow

Caroline Barlow

Headteacher, Heathfield Community College and Vice Chair, Headteachers’ Roundtable

10:30 - 10:40


10:40 - 11:00

Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Mental Health

  • Supporting the mental health of students impacted by the pandemic
  • Re-engaging students who have become withdrawn from education
    Understanding the correlation between mental health and school absence
Live Q & A
10:55 – 11:00
Peter Fonagy

Professor Peter Fonagy OBE

Chief Executive, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

11:00 - 11:35

Panel discussion: Achieving ‘Good Attendance’

  • What does good enough attendance look like?
  • Setting ambitious targets to reduce school absences
  • Handling hesitancy and perceived illness associated with Covid-19
  • Importance of having the right staff in place
  • Undertaking systematic analysis of attendance data to prevent ‘ghost’ or ‘missing’ children
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Jamie Stubbs

Assistant Headteacher, St Thomas More Catholic Academy

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Tim Wormald

Assistant Principal, Rivers Academy

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Sara Griffiths

School Attendance, Early Help and Safeguarding in Education, Consultant

11:35 - 12:00

Case Study: ‘No Stone Unturned’ - How the West Sussex Alternative Provision College Addresses Attendance and Safeguarding Concerns

  • Setting targets and striving for improvement across a large AP college
  • Developing systems, policies and procedures to ensure consistency
  • Collecting and analysing attendance data
  • Preventing off-rolling, absences, and missing children
Live Q & A
11:50 – 12:00
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Alex Jones

Assistant Head Teacher and Attendance lead, Crawley APC

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Helen Ellis

Deputy Head Teacher, Senior DSL and Inclusion lead, West Sussex Alternative Provision College

12:00 - 12:20

Networking Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections via the virtual platform

12:20 - 13:00

Panel Discussion: Engaging with Families, Students and Agencies on School Attendance

  • How to set clear expectations with students and parents
  • Working closely with parents to explain the implications of home-schooling and suitability for their child
  • Communicating attendance strategies with all school staff
  • Breaking patterns of behaviour and building trust
  • Working with other professionals and agencies
  • Communicating key information with new schools
Lal Chadeesingh

Lal Chadeesingh

Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team

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Michelle O'Dell

Attendance Intervention Manager, John Taylor Multi Academy Trust

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Alison Collins

Headteacher, Icknield Infant and Nursery School

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break


14:00 - 14:30

Interactive Break out session: Innovative Strategies to Improve Attendance

An opportunity for delegates to discuss challenges, share solutions and hear different perspectives from others working within the sector. Suggested discussion topics include:

  • How has your organisation handled COVID-19 related hesitancy?
  • How have you embedded an attendance improvement strategy across your entire organisation?
  • How do you ensure accurate recording of attendance and what analyses do you undertake?
  • How have you managed pupils that had disengaged from education during the pandemic?
14:30 - 14:55

Acting on Safeguarding Concerns in an Education Setting

  • Understanding and addressing the safeguarding risks associated with non-attendance
  • Noticing the signs and knowing when to act
  • Knowing your local contacts and escalating concerns
Live Q & A
14:50 - 14:55
Jez Prior

Jez Prior

Safeguarding in Education Manager, West Sussex County Council

14:55 - 15:25

Panel Discussion: Providing Tailored Support

  • Identifying and addressing the root cause of persistent absence to prevent missing children in education
  • Supporting pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Addressing absences within minority groups
  • Multi-agency working to tackle deeply ingrained patterns of persistent absence


Veronica Giaquinto

Veronica Giaquinto

Deputy Principal, Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development, Queen Katharine Academy

Alison Willett

Alison Willet

Education Director, National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen)

Maggie Mitchell

Maggie Mitchell

Head of Family Intervention, School-Home Support

15:25 - 15:30

Chair's Closing Remarks

  • Conference close

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