Attendance Matters Magazine Issue 24


Practitioner concerns and solutions: Supporting regular attendance in the early years

Victoria Franklin shares concerns about the attendance of our youngest children.

A fresh look at off-rolling

Richard Steward considers some of the issues relating to off-rolling in schools.

Should we use 100% attendance awards?

Sue Cowley asks whether the implications for these awards are really ethical and suggests alternative approaches.

Building relationships with parents

Alex Colclough provides ideas for building relationships and practical steps you can take to form a successful partnership with them.

Engaging harder-to-reach parents

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith offers suggestions for how you can successfully reach out to harder-to-reach parents.

Identifying cases of fabricated illness

Suzanne O’Connell explains what fabricated or induced illness (FII) is and how it might be recognised.

Managing behaviour and attendance: Ofsted research

Matt Bromley outlines some of the key messages in Ofsted’s new report and summarises what teachers and school leaders had to say.

Knife crime: The critical role of schools

John Viner argues that, despite feeling helpless when it comes to dealing with the problem, the role of the educator is still one of the most important.


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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Selecting mental health interventions

Sam Garner provides starting points for schools that are looking to expand their mental health interventions for students and staff.                             

Team communication challenges and how to solve them

Steve Burnage looks at common communication challenges and strategies to help resolve them.

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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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