Nurture groups and parental engagement Evaluation article: How to improve parental engagement 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

Nurture groups and parental engagement

Nurture groups are a multi-dimensional group intervention with a whole-school focus, and running them successfully depends on a wide array of different factors. In thisarticle exploring nurture groups, Batul Al-Khatib…

Evaluation article: How to improve parental engagement

Parental engagement remains an area for improvement for most schools. Matt Bromley explores how to do it well.

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 - October 2017

Published: Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Attendance Matters Issue 15 is now online! Premium Plus subscribers can access all of the articles, toolkits and back issues as well as exclusive content.

Articles

Is there an 'acceptable' level of attendance

Tackling attendance: From special measures to good

Improving attendance: How to support your attendance officer

When the bullies keep you from school

Collaborating with professionals

Supporting mental health on a limited budget

Supporting through long-term medical conditions

Dealing with the implications of fast track adoption

Q&As

Q. The DfE school tables now show absence levels twice: up to May half term and up to the end of July. Why is this? And what about Year 11s who left after their exams?

Q. Is it true that the attendance records of Reception year and sixth formers are not included in our school’s data? I thought they were all included in the Census and attendance is compulsory now until 18.

Q. How many unauthorised absences do there need to be for a penalty notice?

Q. Can I send a child home for bad behaviour until his parent comes in for a meeting? They’re not formally excluded so what do I put in the register?

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Toolkits

Checklist - Medical absence from school

Form - Anti-bullying questionnaire for pupils

Form - Anti-bullying questionnaire

Form - Attendance letter 90-95% attendance

Form - Attendance letter improvement in attendance

Form - Attendance letter invitation to panel

Form - Attendance letter less than 80%

Form - Attendance letter less than 85%

Form - Attendance letter less than 96% whole school

Form - Attendance meeting

Form - Mobility analysis

Form - Pupil information sharing sheet

Form - Record sheet for an adopted child

Handout - Circle time

Handout - Sources of guidance for schools and parents

Worked example - Persistant absence impact analysis

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Worked example - Homophobia: Evaluation for senior leaders @

Form - Surveys on low-level disruption in class @

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