Attendance Matters Magazine Issue 25


Is it realistic for schools to adopt non-exclusion policies?

Richard Steward provides a checklist of culture, policy and resource requirements and considers the broader implications.

Attendance matters even more?

Tony Powell gives advice on what schools may be asked about attendance during an Ofsted inspection.

Practitioner concerns and solutions: Personalised learning and part-time timetable

Victoria Franklin covers the legal position and statutory and non-statutory guidance on personalised learning.

Working with pupils who have been recently bereaved

Michelle Moore provides some advice and a case study on how schools might help.

Supporting transition during the academic year

Sue Cowley identifies some ways of providing the link between old and new settings and considers elective home education

The attendance officer and school business manager working together

Victoria Franklin interviews an attendance officer and an SBM to find out how they’ve made their relationship work and improved attendance in
their school.

Addressing the impact of poverty

Alex Colclough provides insight into higher absence rates for the FSM group and considers what schools might do to help.

Working effectively with other members of staff

Matt Bromley highlights the importance of the attendance policy and personalisation as key steps to working with the school community.


Q. We have a student on roll who has been remanded in custody in a youth offending institution (YOI). Should we remove him from the school roll?

Q. I am new to the post of attendance officer in a large secondary school. I feel like a considerable amount of my time is spent trying to keep the registers accurate due to the large volume of unmarked registers and/or missing marks. What can I do to improve the register marking in my school?

Q. On the advice of Public Health England, we recently had to close the school for two days for a deep clean following an outbreak of Norovirus. During the period before and after the school closure, attendance was poor due to the number of children who were absent due to illness. How do we evidence this when reporting to the governors?

Q. What is an ISDR?

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Understanding and developing emotional intelligence

Anne Castle talks about the principles of emotional intelligence (otherwise known as ‘emotional quotient or ‘EQ’) and how you can develop EQ skills to help you at work.

Why good mental health matters

Steve Burnage looks at effective interventions to support children with mental health issues.

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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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