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Time to review your exclusions practice?

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Statistics show that the number of exclusions is on the increase and is particularly worrying in relation to pupils with SEN. The publication of revised government guidance means schools should review their practice. Suzanne O’Connell outlines some of the main changes.

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Reducing persistent absence

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Tackling persistent absence is a key issue for almost all attendance officers. In this article, Joanne Sierzega identifies the practical steps that schools should implement to help address it.

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Is it time to ditch study leave?

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Study leave might be a tradition in schools but perhaps we should look more critically at just how valuable it really is. Ben Whitney argues the case for finding a better use of time towards the end of Year 11.

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Homework or classwork? Refocusing our approach to absence

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Are we making much progress in reducing genuine truancy and what kinds of schools, professionals and responses do we need if we’re going to tackle it? In the second of two reflective articles, Ben Whitney asks where our school system is heading and what the likely effects on attendance might be.

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Mental health: Developing a strategy

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The emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils in our schools would seem to be in crisis. However, the government has announced a campaign to tackle the problem. With schools in the frontline, what can they be expected to do?

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Focusing on families to improve attendance

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At Clifton Primary School in Hull, it’s the families’ individual crises that are often at the root of poor attendance. Suzanne O’Connell talks to school business manager, Rachel Downs, about how the school has reduced its persistent absence.

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Supporting pupils with medical needs

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Governing bodies have a duty to support children with medical needs but what does this mean for school practice and policy? John Viner outlines the guidance and its implications.

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Refining strategies through evidence

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Having a strong evidence base for the strategies you use to improve attendance is very important. Dina Chevens describes her findings in her role as a local authority behaviour and attendance consultant.

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