Key Points
  • Examine key issues relating to school attendance and the impact on your practice
  • Discuss the recommendations from the Timpson Review ensuring no child misses out on education
  • Relate the new OFSTED framework to analysis of attendance
  • Embrace a fresh approach to tackling absence
  • Hear from a school who improved attendance in challenging circumstances
Guest of Honour

Victoria Franklin President of NASWE and Attendance Improvement and Education Welfare Consultant

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Attendance in schools has increased steadily over the last decade but we still have work to do to enable all our children to access and benefit from engagement in educational opportunity. Latest Government statistics published in March 2019 show a rise in both authorised and unauthorised absence in addition to an increase in persistent absence across all school types.

A prominent focus for government is children missing out on education, this focus has led to detailed analysis of who misses out, why they are missing out and the consequences of not addressing this for the children and society as a whole. Ofsted too have vocalised their concerns and findings to Government.

This workshop will explore these issues in detail through analysis and discussion and look at new ways we can tackle this problem together.

About your workshop leader:

Victoria Franklin is President of NASWE - National Association of Support Workers in Education - a professional association promoting the welfare and school attendance of children since 1884.

Victoria also works as an Attendance Improvement and Education Welfare Consultant working across all phases of education with a remit to raise whole school attendance.

Working with a range of education providers, she advises on strategies to raise attendance and close the gaps between distinct groups of students through analysis of systems, procedures and effective use of data as well as support for casework. Victoria has developed and successfully implemented a strategy around coding to help schools understand and analyse the impact of coding decisions on attendance levels.

Victoria qualified from Bristol University as a social worker and has 25+ years of working in education settings including several Local Authorities with authority-wide specialist responsibility for school attendance improvement and data analysis.

Her role as president of NASWE involves meetings with the DfE to discuss policy and practice, being involved in consultation work, for example working with Lord Soley regarding his proposed bill on regulations for Home Education and linking with other national organisations such as the National Children's Bureau in areas of research, policy and practice.

Victoria contributes to the INSA website - International Network for School Attendance as one of the UK representatives.

Other related interests include Chair of the management committee of Bristol Hospital Education service.


08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:05
Welcome and introduction


09:05 - 09:45
Defining the Real Priorities for Schools in Relation to Absence

  • How do school priorities align with the Department for Education's priorities?
  • Where are the tensions?

09:45 - 10:15
Recommendations from the Timpson Review

Implications for the management of school attendance 

10:15 - 11:00
Ofsted Inspection under the New Framework

  • Examining inspection of attendance under the new framework 
  • Key focus areas

11:00 - 11:20


11:20 - 12:00
Taking a fresh approach

  • Work with the Behaviour Insight Team and Nudge Unit to improve attendance
  • A local authority and school-adapted model for consideration and discussion

12:00 - 12:40
Improving attendance and overcoming challenges

A school case study of attendance improvement and increased parental engagement

12:40 - 13:00

  • What have we been inspired to do from today?
  • Final comments and questions

13:00 - 13:00
End of workshop




Victoria Franklin President of NASWE and Attendance Improvement and Education Welfare Consultant

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Venue details

Central London

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