This course provides insights to help you explore and understand roles and responsibilities of schools and local authorities when it comes to students' school attendance. You will access current approaches for keeping pupil attendance registers. By the end of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of attendance as a potential indicator of neglect or abuse and how important it is to monitor CME factors.
Our course has obtained complete certification from the CPD, demonstrating our dedication to providing excellent education. The accreditation from the CPD serves as evidence of our commitment to delivering high-quality learning experiences.
The attendance rate across all schools in England was 92.6% in the week commencing 6th February 2023, up from the Autumn term average of 92.1%.
National Teachers Strike that took place on 1st February 2023 had a negative effect on attendance rates. On this day, attendance dropped to 43%, despite 90% of schools remaining open in some capacity.
The latest data also shows the proportion of students who were persistently absent (those who missed 10% or more of their possible sessions). Across the year to date, 23.4% of students were persistently absent – this was driven by high rates of illness towards the end of the Autumn term.
Central School Attendance and Welfare Service
In October 2015 after almost 16 years of working for and in turn managing a Local Authority Education Welfare Department I, along with two partners, established CSAWS (Central School Attendance and Welfare Service). Member of the Association for Education Welfare Management.
“Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.”
(‘Keeping children safe in education’, Department for Education (DfE), 2022)
“All school staff should be aware that abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues are rarely standalone events that can be covered by one definition or label.”
(Keeping children safe in education, 2022)
“There is a considerable impact on the safety and well-being of children and young people who experience domestic abuse both directly and indirectly and the impact of this can be significant in terms of their emotional, behavioural, cognitive and physical wellbeing.”
(Solihull LSCP domestic abuse procedures)
During the lectures of this course you will gain full insights and step-by-step guidance that will help you to understand the importance of student attendance and the roles and responsibilities of schools and local authorities to monitor and support children in schools.
Gain practical skills to develop a whole school policy approach to improve students attendance. Explore theory and legislation related to keeping a register of all pupils. Identify strategies to support individual children with persistent absence. Learn how to communicate and collaborate with parents, families and local authorities.
The course covers a range of areas related to students’ school attendance. The course will increase the learner’s understanding of legislation related to this area and also introduce suggested practice to individuals working with limited attendance children or CME.
You will have access to all materials in a convenient form online around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, so you can learn how you want, where you want and when you want by using downloadable resources such as notes, videos, slides, factsheets, assessments and highlighted key points.
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Once you have completed the course and passed the course test you will receive a personal document confirming participation in the course.
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Learn about the roles and responsibilities of schools and local authorities, understand the legal framework governing attendance, and explore the enforcement measures related to non-school attendance.
Discover the legal requirements for keeping pupil attendance registers, master the accurate use of absence and attendance codes, and gain strategies to challenge poor register taking and ensure effective lesson monitoring.
Understand how attendance can serve as an indicator of neglect, learn about policies and procedures related to children missing education, and explore the intersection of attendance and safeguarding.
Develop a comprehensive school policy to enhance attendance, define roles and responsibilities, and learn effective consultation techniques with parents to foster a collaborative approach.
Gain insights into analyzing attendance data at various levels (individual, groups, and whole school), identify patterns and trends, and learn to produce informative reports for informed decision-making.
Understand the inspection framework in relation to attendance, prepare for inspections, improve communication practices, and effectively implement strategies to meet inspection requirements.
Discover an escalating approach to improving attendance, develop skills to work collaboratively with parents, conduct effective home visits, chair meetings, and create assessment and action plans for intervention.
Gain a deep understanding of persistent absence as a measure, identify reasons and causes of persistent absence, assess complex cases, and explore the relationship between persistent absence and special educational needs (SEN), mental health, and school refusal.
Learn strategies for recording and monitoring late arrivals, explore approaches to improve punctuality for individual children, and discover whole school strategies for enhancing punctuality.
Develop strategies for successful reintegration considering health, mental health, special educational needs (SEN), and specific challenges associated with reintegrating after closures or long absences.
Expand knowledge on home visits for safeguarding children, maintain contact during periods of long absence, and address specific challenges related to reintegrating from closure or extended absences.
Course provided me with invaluable insights into the importance of regular school attendance and the impact it has on student success.
I recently completed the school attendance course and was impressed with the depth of knowledge and practical strategies provided
Incredibly helpful in teaching me strategies to improve my child's attendance.
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