School Attendance Conference

Understanding and Managing Absence

School Attendance Conference

Wednesday 13th March 2019 | Sandy Park, Exeter | 09:30 - 16:00

Truants and truancy have been construed as ‘problems’ in schools and the British Educational System since the introduction of compulsory schooling in the late Nineteenth Century.”(Hoyle 1998)

Two decades later, and although we no longer use the same language when talking about school absenteeism, the problems have not gone away, they have just moved with the times. For many Schools, navigating the Attendance Landscape in 2018 remains as confused and tricky as ever.

The conference will look into why children miss school, explore best practice of managing absence and also delve into behavioural and emotional reasons that effect school absenteeism.


Key Reasons to Attend

› Improve awareness of the key issues impacting school attendance

› Reflect upon the issues impacting your own school’s attendance

› Explore fresh insights, ideas and strategies to take away and implement in your own school setting

Who Should Attend?

Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, Teachers, School Attendance Officers, Business Managers, SENCOs, Safeguarding Leads across all phases

About Professor Ken Reid OBE

Ken is the author or co-author of over twenty books on education, numerous reports and has published more than 200 either research or policy-orientated articles in leading academic journals. He is in considerable demand as either a speaker or trainer at educational conferences, or for professional events throughout the UK and abroad. He is a founding member & the only UK representative of the recently-formed International Improving School Attendance Task Force. He also spends a great deal of time assisting underperforming or failing schools or LAs to either raise their school attendance or to help them to prepare for their forthcoming inspections or re-inspections from a hands-on perspective; work he first started at the request of the DfE as long ago as 1997. Ken was the Chair of the National Behaviour and Attendance Review (NBAR) in Wales between 2006-2008.

About Tony France

Tony France started out his professional life as a social worker before moving into psychological and mental health services.  Tony is a former LEA advisor and has worked with vulnerable children and young people for over 25 years. 

He works nationally and internationally providing professional development to schools and children’s services and was CEO of a charity that supported schools until 2015 when he co-founded Headsight of which he remains a Director today.  Most importantly, Tony has a passion for motorcycles, rugby and boxing!

About Rohit Naik

Rohit Naik is the headteacher of Hope Special School (SEMH) in Liverpool. Under his leadership, the school has embarked on a journey to bring itself into the vanguard of attachment-friendly, inclusive practice. Hope School has developed its practice to transition from a ‘behaviourist’ focused policy, borne from rewards and sanctions to a relationship-based approach which focuses on attachment and trauma. The school has gained the ‘Attachment & Trauma Sensitive’ school award.

Rohit has worked in a range of educational settings including mainstream secondary, residential special, alternative educational provision and adult education. He is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and he was awarded ‘Head Teacher of the Year (Primary) 2017’ in the national ‘Pearson Teaching Awards’.

Conference Price

Early bird price: £99+VAT (valid until 25th January 2019)
Full conference price: £155+VAT


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We're excited and pleased to bring you our first ever Attendance Conference, dedicated to helping you manage and improve absenteeism

Peter Walker, Professional Lead for School Attendance, Babcock LDP

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