Senior Education Welfare Consultant
Victoria Franklin CQSW ILM
Attendance Improvement Consultant
Education Welfare Consultant
Writer for Attendance Matters Magazine
President of NASWE
Victoria Franklin is an Attendance Improvement and Education Welfare Consultant working across all phases of education with a remit to raise whole school attendance and engagement in education. Qualifying from Bristol University as a social worker with a focus on education, she has 25+ years of working in education settings including several Local Authorities holding authority wide specialist responsibility for school attendance improvement and data analysis.
Victoria works with a range of education providers, Multi Academy Trusts and Local Authorities advising on strategies to raise attendance and close the gaps between distinct groups of students through analysis of systems, procedures and effective use of data. The work is carried out through an in – depth audit followed by support to implement recommendations. Pre and Post OFSTED work is also undertaken. The work often involves’ troubleshooting’ and working with ‘stuck’ schools.
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 is a freelance trainer and produces and delivers highly successful national training events for several training companies on attendance related issues and consistently achieves outstanding evaluations. She is a regular contributor to the Attendance Matters magazine.
Victoria is President of NASWE -National Association of Support workers in Education www.naswe.org.uk – a professional association promoting the welfare and school attendance of children since 1884. This involves working with the DFE to discuss policy and practice and being involved in consultation work – for example working with Lord Soley regarding his private members bill on regulations for Home Education. The President’s role involves collaboration and linking with other national organisations such as the Behaviour Insight Team, National Children’s Bureau in areas of research, policy and practice.
Victoria contributes to the INSA website -International Network for School Attendance www.insa.network as one of the UK (England) representatives and took part as a presenter at the inaugural conference In Oslo in October 2019. This organisation has a focus on international research and best practice in all areas of school attendance.
Other related posts include Chair of the Management Committee of Bristol Hospital Education service (current) and a past trustee of Mothers for Mothers a postnatal charity supporting families where postnatal depression is a factor.