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Improving School Attendance National Conference, 2018 – Leeds

Date: 19 January 2018
Registration: 9:00 am - 9:25 am
Course: 9:25 am - 3:30 pm
Location: leeds


Improving School Attendance National Conference, 2018 – London – NSM Training & Consultancy

One of the greatest challenges facing schools is how to improve school attendance not least because of its critical importance for school inspections.

Therefore, it is timely to hold a National Conference to consider and discuss not only the nature and impact of these challenges but also to provide some evidence on best practice and new approaches.

The Conference will present the latest research evidence on improving school attendance and discuss a wide range of related issues such as safeguarding, disaffection, registration, inspection, penalty notices and how to improve your school’s attendance all presented by experts and practitioners from outstanding and best practice institutions. There will be ample opportunity for questions, discussion and networking.

This Conference is appropriate for a wide range of potential delegates including head teachers, deputies, SLT and middle managers, staff with responsibility for school attendance within schools, attendance officers, education welfare staff, education social workers, home-school relationship and liaison officers, specialist classroom assistants, learning school mentors and all those with a professional interest in improving school attendance.

The specialist inputs will feature contributions from well-known specialists in the field including Professor Ken Reid OBE, Victoria Franklin and Nicola S Morgan.

Professor Reid will begin the conference by questioning the rationale behind some of the existing government policy and practice and will tease out best practice from the evidence of both UK and International research as well as examine what is happening inside schools.


£195 + VAT (Early bird)

£225 + VAT (Standard rate)

Early bird offer is available 2 months before course date.

Includes lunch, refreshments, full set of course notes and CPD Certificate.


Improving School Attendance National Conference, 2018 – NSM Training & Consultancy

  • To analyse the latest research evidence on improving school attendance.
  • To unpick the latest government’s policy and practice.
  • To understand Ofsted’s expectations and the inspection attendance strategy.
  • To examine the issue of school refusal and how this should be managed.
  • To provide some of the latest on-line approaches to managing and improving school attendance.

In addition, the conference will consider:

  1. How to gain a deeper understanding regarding the Supreme Court decision on unauthorised holidays;
  2. Some practical ways of understanding and addressing persistent absence;
  3. Respond to the latest rules regarding Penalty Notices;
  4. Understand the importance of early intervention;
  5. Discuss the impact of pupils’ and families’ mental health issues;
  6. How to implement effective strategies to engage families to improve attendance;
  7. Some practical ways to engage hard to reach families;
  8. How to make sure parents understand the legal implications;
  9. Provide some Intensive home support strategies;
  10. Give delegates a resource book containing speaker presentations and additional toolkits.


Improving School Attendance National Conference, 2018 - LeedsMore Details

Target Audience

Deputy and Assistant
Welfare Officers
Heads of Year
Inclusion Managers
Pastoral Leaders
Family Engagement Officers
Local Authorities


Really good conference, Not only did we get a really comprehensive history of attendance issues, we came away understanding our statutory duties, Ofsted expectations and crucially many ideas and practical advice that would be easy to implement but would have a very positive impact. I’m really glad I came and would recommend to any attendance lead.
(T Lane, Christ the King Catholic Primary School)
Thank you for a very professional, informative day. It really has given me some fantastic ideas to raise my attendance.
(J Traynor, Ince CE Primary School)
Excellent. Really interesting – lots to take on board and think about. Key speakers were knowledgeable, providing strategies and key information that can be used and put into practice straight away. Thank you!
(P Pemberton, Wellacre Academy)
Really enjoyed today's conference and will go back to school with a wealth of information and can’t wait to share with staff at work and start implementing strategies. I have learnt a lot from Ken Reid he was fantastic!
(K Kumar, Small Heath School)
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  • Spot on! I left with lots of food for thought and lots of actions. The time flew despite it being a long day. The venue was super.

    A. Footman, Stanley Grove
  • I found it to be an excellent course both in way of content delivery. Very thought provoking and of great benefit to me as a governor in the personnel and disciplinary committees. Thank you.

    S. Wilcock, St Pauls C of E, Royton
  • Absolutely brilliant. Good pace, snappy, relevant, great advice, ideas and content. Thank you.

    L. Lewis, Intake Farm Primary School
  • Excellent trainer and training. Very good delivery. I am very interested in more courses available! The training has helped me to look back at ways of becoming effective.

    J. Unsworth, William Barcroft Junior School
  • Excellent-lovely manner of presenter – human, funny, engaging. Excellent content- just what I wanted – with very supportive work book. Really want to go on and try some of the techniques and read the book.

    T. Oxton-Grant, Crosby High School
  • Absolutely fantastic. It was so relevant and so applicable. Ellen was so approachable for answering questions and opening up. Possibly life-changing! So adaptable to the needs/wishes of the group. Thank you very much.

    L. Turner, Holy Trinity C of E Junior School
  • Brilliant! Very knowledgeable trainer with lots of examples I can use in school. The whole day was packed full of great ideas and very current information from Ofsted. Lots of good practise that I can take back to school. Thank you.

    K. Randhawa, Round Oak School and Support Service
  • Excellent! The most beneficial course I’ve attended in years. Re-inspired me to put into practise some of the things I’d stopped doing.

    L. Watt, Sharnbrook Upper School
  • Excellent! Clearly presented. Excellent course materials with practical ideas and resources which may be adapted. We look forward to implementing the 6 week programme which is highly relevant to the students we work with. This has left me with skills which may be used tomorrow and a programme to develop and implement in the future. Diolch!

    N. Morgan, Cyfarthfa High School, Merthyr
  • Training was highly relevant. Lots of good information and advice from both the trainer and staff from other schools. Really enjoyed this training today. Catherine did a great training session.

    L. Robb, Cranhill Primary, Scotland