Attendance Matters Magazine Issue 23


A five-point plan for successful attendance management

Matt Bromley outlines the five stages in the process of planning a school attendance strategy.

Supporting pupils who self-harm

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith gives nine pieces of advice to help school staff understand self harm and how to support pupils.

Practitioner concerns and solutions

Victoria Franklin shares her research findings on the main issues for attendance officers today and offers advice on how to address these concerns.

Brexit and attendance

John Viner outlines what the impact might be for school attendance if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Making a difference to the hard to-reach

Nicola Finch-Turner explains what Michael Drayton Junior School has done to improve attendance, beyond those who are easily reached.

Supporting the attendance of looked-after children

Alex Colclough describes how schools can develop their practice to support looked-after children and help them achieve.

Responding to patterns and trends

Joanne Sierzega from CSAWS gives advice on different strategies to address worrying attendance patterns.

School phobia: Not just a refusal

The term ‘school refuser’ sounds defiant and deliberate. Tania Tirraoro asks us to look at the situation in a different way.


Joanne Sierzega answers some frequently asked questions on what to include in end-of year reports, the definition of ‘off-rolling’ and
the legislation surrounding absence due to employment.

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Safeguarding: Still a priority

The framework may have changed but one thing remains consistently important. Safeguarding is one aspect of school life that it is vital for school leaders to keep on top of. In this article, Suzanne O’Connell outlines what has been emphasised in the latest Ofsted inspectors’ guidance.

Fabricated or induced illness

Fabricated illness stems from a mental health problem in which a care giver makes up or accuses an injury to a person under his or her care. Suzanne O’Connell explains this condition, identifies warning signs and gives advice on what schools should do in this situation.

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Dr. Suzanne O'Connell

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.

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