Landmark ruling on the Isle of Wight case: An opinion Free article: Children, school and part-time work Free article: Employability skills and Ofsted Free article: A-Z of codes - Applying the codes in practice Free article: The common inspection framework Personal development, behaviour and welfare A-Z of Codes 5: Codes M, N, O, P and R Free article: Infection control in schools Free article: Prosecution or penalty notice: Which is the correct response? Free article: Managing difficult conversations Free article: Parental engagement: working with hard-to-reach families Free article: A-Z of codes 1: marks for 'present' Free article: The use of penalty notices: the pros and cons Free article: Incentivising attendance - what really works Free article: Practical tips for transforming lateness into punctuality Free article: Best practice case study: Waldegrave School

Landmark ruling on the Isle of Wight case: An opinion

Ben Whitney gives his take on the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Free article: Children, school and part-time work

Ben Whitney enters the debate on the role of children in the workplace and discusses what help and regulation should exist to support them.

Free article: Employability skills and Ofsted

Under the new inspection framework, schools will be inspected on pupils' economic well-being – and that includes attendance rates. 

Free article: A-Z of codes - Applying the codes in practice

To conclude this series of reference guides, Ben Whitney reflects on some of the issues it has raised, both in correspondence and through questions by participants at Forum attendance conferences.

Free article: The common inspection framework Personal development, behaviour and welfare

A new common inspection framework is now in effect, and pupil attendance can be reviewed in terms of personal development, behaviour and welfare.

A-Z of Codes 5: Codes M, N, O, P and R

Continuing his series of handy reference guides, Ben Whitney explores each of the recommended Codes in detail, including:

Free article: Infection control in schools

Infections that cause diarrhoea, vomiting, common colds and flu are responsible for the loss of thousands of school days each year. Martin Hodgson gives guidance on what you need to…

Free article: Prosecution or penalty notice: Which is the correct response?

Ben Whitney looks at the circumstances that might dictate how schools and local authorities respond to cases of persistent absence.

Free article: Managing difficult conversations

Some conversations -whether with pupils, their parents or colleagues - are always going to be uncomfortable. In this article, Louise Wingrove looks at managing difficult subjects with care and confidence.

Free article: Parental engagement: working with hard-to-reach families

In this article, Professor Ken Reid explores some of the many options for families to play a larger part in school life, with potential benefits for both the children and…

Free article: A-Z of codes 1: marks for 'present'

In this series of handy reference guides, Ben Whitney explores each of the recommended Codes in detail.

Free article: The use of penalty notices: the pros and cons

Professor Ken Reid examines the use of penalty notices (PNs) since the Children Act 2006, including some discussion on recent developments in Wales and the issue of regional variations in…

Free article: Incentivising attendance - what really works

David Birch outlines the importance of reward systems as a means of improving attendance in schools. Read on to find out about the merits of commercial schemes and the essential…

Free article: Practical tips for transforming lateness into punctuality

Steve Baker provides some practical advice on how to tackle persistent lateness and develop school-wide policies to encourage, develop and maintain punctuality.

Free article: Best practice case study: Waldegrave School

Our reporter Helen Clark finds out how one outstanding school has just achieved its best-ever attendance figures.

The latest content - April 2017

Published: Friday, 17 March 2017

Attendance Matters Issue 13 is now online! Premium Plus subscribers can access all of the articles, toolkits and back issues as well as exclusive content.

Articles

The attendance officer: How to approach your new role

From compliance to concern: Taking safeguarding seriously

Attendance and our armed forces children

Mental health: Developing a strategy

Attendance law: The Education Act 1996 and the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003

What is the link between absence and attainment?

Supporting bereaved pupils in school

Homework or classwork? Refocusing our approach to absence

Q&As

Q.  We’ve just appointed a new school-based attendance officer.  Is there a job description for what we should expect them to do?

Q.  What local authority attendance services must be provided to schools without charge?

Q.  Is it true that academies and free schools have more freedom over when to mark the registers and how often the school must open?

Premium Plus Articles

Experience shared: Effective monitoring

Learning to lead

Toolkits

Form - Attendance action planning audit 

Checklist – Monitoring the importance given to attendance in your school

Checklist – Compliance or concern?

Form – Data collection sheet: Term-time holiday absence and its impact on pupil performance

Handout – Bereavement: Staff guidelines

Form – Stage one: Staff questionnaire on school mental health support

Handout – Stage two: Key terms and definitions for mental health and wellbeing

Form – Stage two: Framing principles for mental health provision in our school 

Worked example – Stage three: Mental health action development plan

Handout - Mental health: Sources of advice and support

Handout – Mental health: Summary of resources available to schools

Premium Plus Toolkits

Form – Mentoring conversations

Form – Mentoring: Pairing leadership style with capability and commitment

Handout – Leading meetings

 

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