Attendance Matters Magazine Issue 32

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Articles

Finding support as an attendance officer

Victoria Franklin offers her suggestions for support, advice and information to help attendance officers maintain momentum with the crucial work they do.

What to expect from Ofsted this year

Matt Bromley reminds us what the key features of attendance inspection are  and identifies the main changes in light of Covid-19.

School attendance clinics

A school attendance clinic can be a positive method of engaging with parents and carers. Sara Griffiths writes that it is now time to look at this strategy again.

When parents’ mental health affects pupils’ school attendance

Parents’ mental health can affect their children’s school attendance. Emma Meadus outlines how her school is addressing a growing problem.

How to conduct home visits

Effective, well-planned visits are an essential casework tool for attendance officers. Joanne Sierzega considers what should be done before, during and after a home visit.

Engaging students and improving attendance

Attendance officers’ key priority of ensuring that students do not miss out on education and learning is most successful when students are motivated, connected and engaged. Ben Dunsford suggests some strategies to achieve this.

Preventing workplace bullying

Steve Burnage explores how to identify workplace bullying and to take action to prevent it.

Premium Plus Articles

SEND and exclusion

Sam Garner examines the connection between SEND and attendance and exclusions.

Motivating your team

Angela Vincent writes about how to engage and motivate your workforce.

Q&A

Q. Since we returned to school and the new rules have applied to children regarding self-isolation, we have had a couple of occasions where parents have refused to get PCR tests for children with symptoms. How do we record this  absence and when can they return to school?

Q. I have recently taken on the role of attendance officer. I can already see a pattern of some individual children having frequent absences and parents providing reasons. How much can I or should I challenge the reasons for these?

Q. We are due an Ofsted inspection. Our previous report highlighted attendance and persistent absence issues with pupil premium children and children with SEN support. We had made significant improvements prior to Covid-19, but this has deteriorated over the past 12 to 18 months. Given the current context, how will Ofsted look at attendance and how can I prepare?

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About Author

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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