Leading School Attendance National Conference


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Course introduction

The latest statistics from the Department for Education, show that 20.1% of children were persistently absent in Autumn 2023. The figures show that between Autumn 2022 and Autumn 2023, overall absence rates fell by 0.7 percentage points from 7.5% in 2022 to 6.8% in 2023. One in 10 severely absent pupils had an identified social, emotional and mental health need, while 20% of pupils that are severely absent are on special educational needs (SEN) support, even though they make up just 12% of the student population.

Despite significant efforts in the past year, it is evident that further action is necessary. The Government has unveiled a series of revisions to standards and guidance which this conference aims to address. As well as up-to-date information regarding all proposed revisions and empowering attendees with the insights needed to anticipate regulatory shifts and revaluate their comprehensive school strategies.

Download PDF flyer with full programme here.

The specialist inputs will feature contributions from well-known experts in the field including Steve Burnage, Victoria Franklin, Nina Jackson and Lara Allison.

What we will cover throughout the day

  • Gain an update on the latest updates/changes in attendance policy guidance;

  • Understand the multifaceted reasons behind poor school attendance;

  • Implement strategies for building trusting relationships with hard-to-reach families;

  • Design targeted interventions that address specific barriers to attendance;

  • Compile communication and intervention strategies to improve school attendance;

  • Understand key data sources for uncovering attendance patterns;

  • Look at the practical implications of early help/early intervention;

  • Develop targeted interventions that address specific attendance challenges;

  • Set realistic measures to evaluate the impact of implemented interventions;

  • Conduct in-depth analysis of your school's attendance data;

  • Design a multi-tiered attendance plan based on identified needs;

  • Strategically implement and evaluate interventions for greater attendance success;

  • Look at alternative ways and adjustments issues to support improved attendance;

  • Recognise and address the needs of SEND pupils with school attendance;

  • Understand an effective support network for SEND pupils’ school attendance.

Target audience

  • Headteachers Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Attendance Officers
  • Education Welfare Officers
  • SENCos / ALNCos
  • Inclusion Managers
  • Head of Year
  • Pastoral Leaders
  • Family Engagement Officers
  • Local Authorities

Trainers for this course

Lara Allison

Attendance and Admissions Officer

Lara has worked in a primary school for the last 7 years and passionately leads on attendance and parental support, ensuring that attendance is everyone’s responsibility. Lara has b...ecome a pillar to the schools community and has a very good relationship with children, parents and staff. Embracing the role and gaining an understanding of the correlation between positive parental relationships and improved attendance and general wellbeing of the children when they attend school. Lara is very passionate about mental health, has recently qualified in self-harm and suicide awareness and prevention and has raised money for Mind. Lara enjoys different arts and crafts such as quilling, needle felting and colouring as well as taking part in mixed martial arts to improve mental and physical health.

Nina Jackson

Nina Jackson is someone who sees the bigger picture and, throughout a long and varied career, has been driven to bring the best out of all children regardless of the issues, challenges an...d special needs they bring to her classroom. Nina brings to her lessons not only high levels of creativity, innovation and professional rigour but also contagious passion which proves to be a winning formula wherever she works. Apart from her work in teaching, learning, thinking skills and technology for learning, her background in special needs and music has led her to devise specialist therapy programmes for schools. Nina also successfully supports mainstream teachers working with children with anger management issues, disaffection, poor motivation, behaviour and confidence.

Up until very recently, Nina was a director of learning in addition to directing a ‘more able and talented’ programme at a successful comprehensive in South Wales. Since these roles, Nina has developed an impressive career in teacher training in the UK and abroad. She has collaborated with Swansea Metropolitan University where she is a lecturer on the MA (Ed) programme, a senior professional tutor (ITET) and has supported the SARA (Schools Action Research Approach) project for the Education Support and Inspection Service in Wales. In 2004, Nina was the winner of the IPDA International Prize for Education and was described in the Times Educational Supplement as an “inspirational, evangelical preacher of education”. She is currently working on her second book – ‘Access All Areas’ – which focuses on helping schools ensure that all children have access to the full extent of what the curriculum has to offer.

Steve BurnageSteve Burnage
Steve Burnage

Having spent over 25 years teaching and leading a variety of schools across the UK, Steve is a sought after as an expert practitioner, consultant, and trainer. He specialises in developin...g effective school leadership at all levels; and supporting outstanding and impactful classroom practice, pedagogy, learning and teaching.

Steve is lead quality assurance inspector for The British Council in Egypt, where he also leads successful training programmes for school leaders and teachers. These programmes have now been taken up by The British Council in Nepal and Saudi Arabia where programmes having been piloted with teachers and school leaders and are now due for implementation academic year 2021-2022.

Steve has led teaching and learning development projects in China, Kazakhstan, and Kurdish Iraq.

In China, he worked in partnership with the Ministry of Education to train Chinese teachers in modern classroom pedagogy and practice as part of the Chinese Government’s 2020 Education reforms.

In Kazakhstan, Steve worked with partners from Cambridge University Press to train local teachers to plan, write and implement a series of primary textbooks as a tool for remote education reform.

In Kurdish Iraq, Steve worked in partnership with a large chain of international schools to train teachers and school leaders in modern pedagogy and leadership, quality assurance and inspection. This was part of a larger project to lead education reform across Kurdish Iraq which has had to be put on hold due to the pandemic.

Currently, Steve is co-ordinating leadership development and curriculum development projects for government schools in India, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia. This includes working with a Mumbai based University to plan, write and lead a post graduate diploma in Global Education, alongside leading leadership, and teacher training for many schools across India.

Alongside Steve’s training and education reform projects, he receives frequent invitations to speak at international education conferences, features in a wide range of training videos and online seminars, hosts regular interactive webinar sessions on key aspects of effective classroom practice and school leadership; and coaches and mentors headteachers worldwide.

Steve is a lead trainer for The British Council, and lead trainer and examiner for Cambridge Assessment International Examinations and the International Baccalaureate Steve writes, delivers and hosts training and consultancy in schools, colleges, academies and conference venues throughout the UK, Europe, The Indian Subcontinent, Central and southern Asia and the Middle East as well as supporting organisations in planning, producing and delivering on-line and blended learning education courses.

Steve writes a regular column for several UK education publications and is currently writing a teacher development training manual for an international publisher. In addition to his work in education reform and development, Steve is a professional musician, choral conductor and arranger who leads choral workshops for amateur and professional singers.

Victoria Franklin

Senior Education Welfare Consultant - CQSW ILM

Victoria Franklin is an Attendance Management Consultant working across all phases of education with a remit to raise whole school attendance. Victoria qualified from Bristol University a...s a social worker with a focus on education and has 30+ years of working in education settings including Local Authorities/Multi Academy Trusts and schools. Victoria has developed systems and procedures to help organisations become more effective in the management of attendance. (Including several Local Authorities holding authority wide specialist responsibility for school attendance improvement and data analysis.) The interface of where policy meets practice, and the use of data are particular areas of interest.

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 meetings with the DFE to discuss policy and practice, being involved in consultation work for example working with Lord Soley regarding his proposed private members bill on regulations for Home Education and linking with other national organisations in areas of research, policy, and practice. Victoria is a member of INSA (International Network for School Attendance www.insa.network) and contributes to the INSA website as one of the UK (England) representatives.She took part as a presenter at the inaugural conference In Oslo in October 2019.

Other related interests include Chair of the Management Committee of Bristol Hospital Education service.

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Excellent conference tackling strategies to improve attendance. Speakers were engaging and offered practical suggestions to implement. Another excellent day with NSMTC. I would highly recommend.

The Attendance conference has reinforced the important messages at a national level and excellent opportunities for peer discussion. Thank you.

Very informative! If you’re working in a school, I highly recommend all of NSMTC training!

Great opportunity to network and share resources as best practices Strongly recommend NSM Training & Consultancy.

I really enjoyed listening and learning throughout the conference. The chat area was interesting and had lots of good ideas to take away. Feeling less alone in the every day battles.


About the venue

Stay at home, get comfortable and enjoy our live interactive course via Zoom! You’ll receive the link a few days before the course date so you can get prepared (and excited) ahead of time.

Handy course logistics

  • The course will run via Zoom from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, however, the trainer will be available 15 minutes before and after the course times to answer any questions.
  • You’ll receive mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks to re-energise. This course is designed to be interactive and inclusive. We welcome questions and discussions throughout and we want you to be comfortable and stress-free no matter where you join us from.
  • Your course pack includes handouts, an M&S voucher for food, a snack, a pen and a notepad – we’ll send this to you before the day. Please note this is only for UK-based participants, international attendees will receive the pack via email.
  • Additional links and information will be emailed to you before and during the conference.
  • Please Note – the cost is per person

Leading School Attendance National Conference

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Wednesday 15 May 2024


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