Attendance Matters Magazine Issue 31



Child employment and performances: Safeguarding your students

Ed Magee, Chair of the National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment, provides advice on the laws regarding performance and employment of young people and children.

What are the attendance keepers?

Victoria Franklin shares her thoughts on how attendance officers might plan their next steps and maintain a positive approach when managing attendance.

Leading attendance across a multi-academy trust

Sara Griffiths provides five cornerstones for those working as attendance lead across organisations.

Where we are and where we might be with Ofsted and attendance

Anthony Powell gives his views on what schools should be aware of when it comes to inspection 2021/22.

The rise of elective home education

Emma Meadus looks at the current legal position regarding EHE and how schools might support parents and protect themselves during the transition.

How has the pandemic increased safeguarding and welfare risks?

Steve Burnage considers the various elements of safeguarding and welfare that need to be considered as schools move forward after lockdown.

Time to strengthen the home–school relationship

Simon Hay reiterates the importance of the home–school relationship and suggests how it can be strengthened.

Tough talk: Handling difficult conversations at work

Steve Burnage suggests some effective strategies to deal with difficult conversations sensitively, assertively and conclusively.

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Compassion fatigue: The cost of caring

Jayne Ellis of EF Training talks about how to support staff suffering from compassion fatigue.

Sexual aggression

In 2018, Suzanne O’Connell wrote about what was then the DfE’s new guidance on addressing sexual harassment and violence. Three years on, this subject continues to make the headlines. What are the conclusions of Ofsted’s recent review and what can schools do?


Q. The head teacher at my school has agreed with parents an extended staggered start for a Reception pupil for September 2021. The pupil is an August-born child and has never attended an educational setting before. How should I code the sessions in the register when the pupil is not required to attend?

Q. Will we need to continue to complete a daily education status settings return to the DfE in the new academic year?

Q. We have started to see more requests for leave of absence in term time. A number of  these requests are linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. Reasons include: families have had to rearrange holidays  that were previously booked for school holidays but cancelled due to Covid restrictions; extended families wanting to spend time together after prolonged periods of separation due to the Covid-19 restrictions; key workers who were unable to take leave during the previous 12 months. Do we have to un-authorise these absences?

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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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