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Improving School Attendance in Wales Conference – Cardiff

Date: 31 January 2019
Registration: 8:30 am - 9:25 am
Conference: 9:25 am - 3:30 pm
Location: cardiff


One of the greatest challenges facing schools is how to improve school attendance not least because of

its critical importance for school inspections.

Therefore join our highly qualified and popular specialists introducing the National School Attendance

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 and Victoria Franklin.

For full conference flyer, please click here to download.

£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.


Key reasons to attend:

Consider the latest up-to-date situation and initiatives on improving attendance;

To discuss good practice in schools and relate existing practice to school inspection requirements;

Provide new thinking and a national position on managing and improving attendance within schools;

Provide evidence-based audit approaches for schools;

Consider the implications of the new Ofsted (England) and ESTYN (Wales) approaches towards school attendance in their

latest, newly-revised inspection framework to provide some ideas on how to meet their requirements.

In addition, the conference will:

Evaluate your school attendance practice and identify areas for development and consolidate good practice;

Examine the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact on educational achievement/school attendance;

Reference practical ways of understanding and addressing persistent absence;

Give delegates a resource book containing speaker presentations and additional toolkits.


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Target Audience

Deputy & Assistant Headteachers
Education Welfare Officers
Heads of Year
Inclusion Managers
Pastoral Leaders
Family Engagement Officers
Local Authorities


“This conference is fantastic! I attended last year and
implemented the suggested changes within my
school. The impact was amazing! I came again
because I knew the training would provide me with
the latest updates. Some of the most worthwhile
training on the market at present!”
“Outstanding presentation and relevance! Help and
resources will set us on the right path to implement
changes and move forward as a team!”
“I have got so much more from this conference than I
ever expected. Very informative throughout.”
“Super ideas – very refreshing! Covered all aspects of
my very demanding role.”
"Superb day! Dealt comprehensively with real matters
that will make a positive impact back in school."
“Excellent! The most interesting and valuable event
I have attended in years! Very informative
and helpful moving forward!”
“Superb! I’ve taken so many ideas that I can apply.
The trainer’s knowledge was sensational and I
feel I understand the political and legal context a lot
more. The workbook is the best resource I
have ever taken away from a course.”
“It was great to listen to someone so knowledgeable!
This will certainly ensure attendance remains a
high priority.”
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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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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
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    L. Robb, Cranhill Primary, Scotland