NEW National School Attendance Conference Live Online

£185.00 + VAT

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On 25th January 2022, the government press release stated that “The latest school attendance statistics show 99.9% of schools are open, with 87.4% of pupils attending. As part of the plans to tackle avoidable absence, local authorities and academy trusts will be expected to have plans for how they will provide targeted support for pupils who need it and work with schools to help spread best practice across the school system in driving good attendance.”

 The National School Attendance Conference will address these plans through pulling together the latest research, best practice, discussions, case studies and breakout sessions. Providing an essential conference delivering support, information, practical guidance and strategic thinking.

The specialist inputs will feature contributions from well-known experts in the field including Steve Burnage, Samantha Garner and Victoria Franklin.

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Key topics covered:

  • • Unpick the government response to attendance improvement (post-pandemic);
  • • Look at effective interventions for targeted support;
  • • Look at ways to work with parents who don’t support attendance;
  •  • Explore effective practice from the Education Endowment Foundation;
  • • Look at effective ways and strategies to improve school attendance;
  • • Discuss updates on the correct code to record absence;
  • • Understand what is meant by reflective practice;
  • • Look at more ways to address persistent school absence.


Why should you attend?

Access the National School Attendance Conference from the comfort of your own home/office – with no tedious commute or spending time away, you’ll have access to the live online conference. Access the latest research, strategies and processes. We also will post your conference pack including speaker presentations, £10 M&S food voucher, KitKat, certificate, note pad and pen.



Steve Burnage
Samantha Garner
Victoria Franklin


Who should attend?

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



“Very professional and informative day. It has given me some fantastic ideas to raise my attendance.”

“Extremely informative and very well presented. All speakers were very engaging and given me lots of ideas to take back to school. I’m now even more confident in raising our school attendances.”

“A fabulous way of learning from professional experts on attendance issues in schools where I fire-fight on a daily basis at work. Loved networking with like-minded colleagues.”

Great ideas regarding how you target attendance and look at the whole picture.”

“Really good conference. Not only did we get a really comprehensive history of attendance issues, we came away understanding our statutory duties, Ofsted expectations – and crucially many ideas and practical advice that would be easy to implement but would have a very positive impact. I’m really glad I came and would highly recommend it to any Attendance lead.”

Fantastic ideas and a good understanding of the value of attendance in schools and what to expect in an inspection.”

“I found that the conference gave me a lot of relevant advice about how to improve attendance and promote good relationships between the school and parents.

“Really enjoyed the conference today and will go back to school with wealth of information and can’t wait to share with staff at work and start implementing strategies.”

“What a fantastic conference again from NSMTC. It really re-enforced how massively important having outstanding attendance in a school is. It also gave me some really good advice on how to achieve it.”


All our live online Conferences are not only informative and interactive but also invaluable for school staff, don’t just take our word for it on Facebook or Twitter


Conference Programme

9.15 – 9.30 Registration and Welcome – Samantha Garner

09:30 – 10:00 Review/Reflect/Revise – looking at a government response to attendance improvement (post-pandemic) – Vicki Franklin
The Government White Paper will have attendance at its core to ensure children do not miss out on education and attendance rates improve to beyond levels seen pre pandemic.
In this session we will look briefly at what has led up to this point, consider what we have learnt and how this will be used to create better policy and practice for the future.

10:00 – 10:05 Questions

10:05 – 10:45 Effective interventions for targeted support – Steve Burnage
On 25th January 2022, the government press release stated that:
The latest school attendance statistics show 99.9% of schools are open, with 87.4% of pupils attending. As part of the plans to tackle avoidable absence, local authorities and academy trusts will be expected to have plans for how they will provide targeted support for pupils who need it and work with schools to help spread best practice across the school system in driving good attendance.
This workshop will explore models of best practice and effective plans for targeted pupil support as part of a whole school approach:
What works as targeted intervention and how do we know?
What strategies should those with leadership responsibility employ?
What strategies should teachers and tutors employ?
How do we evidence the impact of our interventions?
Participants will gain an insight into evidence-based practice, a toolkit of effective strategies and confidence in evidencing the impact of their own intervention work back at school.

10:45 – 10:50: Questions

10:50 – 11:25: Breakout Room, Networking & Break

11:25 – 12:15: Why some parents don’t support attendance and what we can do! – Samantha Garner
Working with parents of persistently absent students can often be challenging. The parents may want to support their child’s attendance but sometimes don’t know how, struggle to without guilt, or they may be actively complicit in their child’s absence. This session will look at possible psychological factors involved and also suggest practical strategies schools, colleges and settings can use to work effectively with parents in these situations.

12.15 – 12:20 Questions

12.20– 13.00 Breakout Room, Networking & Lunch

13:00 – 13:55 Exploring effective practice from the education endowment foundation rapid evidence assessment on attendance – Steve Burnage
The EEF rapid evidence assessment on attendance states that poor school attendance is a significant problem in the UK and many other countries across the world. In 2019/20, it was reported as 4.9% overall, with special schools showing a higher rate equal to 10.5% and persistent absence at 13.1% in England ( 2020). However, evidence suggests that small improvements in attendance can lead to meaningful impacts for these outcomes.
This practical workshop will explore the EEF theory of change in order to inform our inclusion criteria and extract the key elements of attendance interventions relevant for our purposes. While improvements in attendance can have long-term impacts on attainment and social and behavioural outcomes, this workshop will be focusing primarily on activities, outputs, and short-term outcomes to improve attendance.
Participants will gain confidence in how to use the EEF theory of change to inform their decision making and evidence building around improving attendance and punctuality in their own schools.

13:55 – 14:00 Questions

14:00 – 14.30 Using the correct code to record absence – why this is important and protects children – Victoria Franklin
Finding out why children do not attend school regularly is crucial to understanding how to implement effective strategies to change this. Ensuring accurate recording helps us to build a picture at school, local and national level. The current national codes used have been in place for some time with changes and additions applied throughout the pandemic.
In this session we will look at an overview of key Codes and how they link to safeguarding

14:30 – 14:35 Questions

14:35 – 15:15 Reflective practice – what is it and how do I do it? – Samantha Garner
In education settings reflective practice is a regular part of life to ensure effective and developing practice. This process is also useful for other parts of education practice including attendance workers. This session will look at how it can be useful to you in your role and how you can develop your own process for reflective practice.

15:15 – 15:30 Feedback, Questions & Close


Further information

Times: 9:30am – 3:35pm live online conference via Zoom.
Speakers will be in the room at 9:15am and until 4:00pm to answer any questions or for further information etc.
Breaks for mid morning and afternoon including 40 minutes scheduled for lunch will also be given.
Questions and discussions are welcome throughout the conference. We want to make this your day.


Your Pack

Information and links will be emailed to you prior and during the conference.
Your pack including handouts, an M&S gift voucher, snack pen and notepad will be posted to you prior to the conference.

We will ensure that the conference day is made comfortable and stress free for you to enjoy wherever you are.
This conference is also available as in-house / INSET training at your school. Contact us for details.

Additional information

Date and Location

6th May 2022