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    Alex ColcloughAlex Colclough (author16@attendancemattersmagonline.co.uk) (1)

    Alex Colclough has more than 10 years’ experience in primary education as both acting headteacher, deputy headteacher, virtual school deputy headteacher, designated safeguarding lead and SENDCO. She is passionate about inclusion and ensuring all children have equal access to education and good life chances.

    Barry ArchibaldBarry Archibald (barchibald154@gmail.com) (2)

    Barry Archibald has been an independent adviser and trainer since 2011, delivering bespoke training and support to schools, academies and local authorities in attendance, behaviour and pupil wellbeing. Prior to that, Barry spent five years as a Regional Adviser working with the DfE and National Strategies, specialising in school attendance, behaviour and the social and emotional aspects of learning. He can be contacted via email (barchibald154@gmail.com) or via his website (http://iabie.com).

    Batul Al-khatibBatul Al-khatib (batulalkhatib@hotmail.com) (1)

    Batul Al-khatib is an educational and child psychologist who specialises in child and adolescent mental health. She works as a consultant in schools and at the Tavistock Centre. She is the co-founder of Courses for Kids (www.coursesforkids.co.uk). Batul can be contacted by telephone at 07940799914, or via email at batulalkhatib@hotmail.com

    Ben WhitneyBen Whitney (Ben Whitney) (129)

    Ben Whitney is an independent education welfare consultant and trainer, with over 20 years’ experience in attendance management for two local authorities. He is the author of several books on both attendance and child protection. More information on his current training and consultancy services can be found at www.ben-whitney.org.uk.

    Dr. Pooky KnightsmithDr. Pooky Knightsmith (Dr. Pooky Knightsmith) (8)

    Dr. Pooky Knightsmith has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry. She is the author of five books and is the current Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. You can email Pooky on pooky@inourhands.com and her Twitter handle is @PookyH. Her YouTube channel is www.youtube. com/pookyh where she uploads new videos twice a week.

    Dr. Richard StewardDr. Richard Steward (Dr. Richard Steward) (4)

    Dr. Richard Steward is the headteacher of The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, Dorset. He has a wide range of experience in school improvement and has served as the South West representative on the Teaching School Council. Woodroffe is an outstanding school, a teaching school and a Maths Hub. richardsteward@mac.com

    Dr. Suzanne O'ConnellDr. Suzanne O'Connell (Dr. Suzanne O'Connell) (47)

    Dr Suzanne O’Connell is a freelance writer specialising in education. She is also the Managing Editor of Attendance Matters Magazine. Prior to this she taught for 23 years and was a headteacher of a junior school in Nuneaton for 11 years.

    Helen FrostickHelen Frostick (Helen Frostick) (3)

    Helen Frostick is currently the headteacher of St. Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, London. She is a National Leader of Education (NLE) for the National College of School Leadership, with responsibility for supporting schools in challenging circumstances. Helen regularly speaks at national conferences and specialises in pupil premium and safeguarding. H.frostick@st-marymagdalens.richmond.sch.uk

    Joanne SierzegaJoanne Sierzega (author13@attendancemattersmagonline.co.uk) (11)

    Joanne Sierzega worked for almost 16 years in local authority education welfare. Since then she has established CSAWS (Central School Attendance and Welfare Services Ltd) with two partners. CSAWS comprises a team of education welfare officers who are committed to achieving better outcomes for children by securing regular attendance at school.

    John VinerJohn Viner (John Viner) (20)

    John Viner has taught in both primary and secondary schools, with a long history of successful primary school leadership. He is now a full-time writer, inspector and adviser. jeviner@gmail.com

    Kate HinchliffeKate Hinchliffe (kate@impactfirst.co.uk) (1)

    Kate Hinchliffe is the Director of Impact First, formed in 2010. Kate is a qualified teacher with an MBA from Durham University. She has held leadership positions across a range of organisations, her career focusing on leading the development and reform of organisations, teams and individuals to improve outcomes through better performance. Contact her via email at: kate@impactfirst.co.uk. Her website is: www.impactfirst.co.uk

    Lawrence WarburtonLawrence Warburton (Lawrence Warburton) (2)

    Lawrence Warburton is the former Learning Access Manager for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and now works as an independent educational consultant. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field of education social work.

    Louise WingroveLouise Wingrove (louise.wingrove@funkylearning.com) (4)

    Louise Wingrove has been a trainer and coach for over 20 years and has led global training for both public and private sector companies. She is a director of Funky Learning, a learning and development consultancy. Louise can be contacted by email: louise.wingrove@funkylearning.com

    Matt BromleyMatt Bromley (matt@bromleyeducation.co.uk) (4)

    Matt Bromley is an experienced education writer, consultant, speaker and trainer. In a leadership career of more than 15 years, he was Group Director of a large FE college and multi-academy trust, acting Headteacher of one of the top five most improved schools in England, Deputy Headteacher of a small rural school, and Assistant Headteacher of a large inner-city school. He speaks regularly at conferences and is a successful author of several best-selling books. You can find out more at www.bromleyeducation.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @mj_bromley email: matt@bromleyeducation.co.uk

    Natalie PackerNatalie Packer (Natalie Packer) (3)

    Natalie Packer is an independent education consultant specialising in SEN and school improvement. She has had experience as a teacher, SENCO, headteacher and SEN adviser. She is the author of The Perfect SENCO and The Teacher’s Guide to SEN. You can contact her on Twitter @NataliePacker or via her website: www.nataliepacker.co.uk.

    Professor Ken ReidProfessor Ken Reid (kenreid888@yahoo.co.uk) (1)

    Professor Ken Reid, OBE, is the author or co-author of over 20 books on education, some 200+ articles in academic journals and was the Chair of the Welsh Government’s National Behaviour and Attendance Review (NBAR). He works regularly with schools and local authorities on improving school attendance. Ken can be contacted at: kenreid888@yahoo.co.uk.

    Rosie EachusRosie Eachus (Rosie Eachus) (6)

    Rosie Eachus has been a qualified speech and language therapist for 26 years. She has run storytelling groups in mainstream primary schools and is currently working at a senior school supporting pupils with dyslexia, dyspraxia and mild ASD. rosieeachus@aol.com

    Sam GarnerSam Garner (Sam Garner) (2)

    Sam Garner is an education consultant with specialist expertise in access arrangements and mental health in schools. She is a freelance trainer, and regularly speaks in schools to parents, staff and students (www.garnereducation.co.uk). She has also written a series of brief targeted CBT programmes designed to be run by school staff with students, including Exam Anxiety and Self Harming (www.rebalanceprogramme.com).

    Steve BakerSteve Baker (Steve Baker) (10)

    Steve Baker, formerly a teacher of 17 years, is now a freelance behaviour and attendance consultant based in West Yorkshire. He works with leadership teams on their strategic planning, gives operational advice to frontline staff and works in classrooms giving developmental feedback to staff, transforming their behaviour leadership. In addition, Steve delivers courses for schools and colleges, speaks at conferences, writes for Optimus and supports local authorities with schools causing concern. Steve can be contacted via his website where you can also read his blog: www.stevebakereducation.co.uk.

    Steve BurnageSteve Burnage (Steve Burnage) (0)

    Steve Burnage has a breadth of experience leading challenging inner-city and urban secondary schools. He now works as a freelance trainer, consultant and author for senior and middle leadership, strategic development, performance management and coaching and mentoring. Steve may be contacted by email simplyinset@gmx.com or via his website www.simplyinset.co.uk.

    Tania Tirraoro (author15@attendancemattersmagonline.co.uk)Tania Tirraoro (author15@attendancemattersmagonline.co.uk) (1)

    Tania Tirraoro is a journalist and parent of two young men with autism. Tania is also autistic. She is the founder of www.specialneedsjungle.com, a parent-led website that offers information and resources about special needs and disabilities in children and young people. Tania is also on the Ofsted SEND Stakeholder Advisory Group.

    Tony PowellTony Powell (Tony Powell) (9)

    Tony Powell is an experienced Additional Inspector and LA adviser. He writes extensively on education management, but his main work is in supporting schools to develop systems for self-evaluation, school improvement and continuing professional development. Tony can be contacted at: anthony.powell@blueyonder.co.uk.

    Victoria FranklinVictoria Franklin (Victoria Franklin) (9)

    Victoria Franklin is a qualified social worker with more than 25 years’ experience working in education settings. She is currently a senior education welfare consultant working across all phases of education. Victoria is the President of the National Association of Support Workers in Education (NASWE) and delivers national training on a wide range of attendance matters. Victoriafranklin4@virginmedia.com