“Here today; here again tomorrow: ensuring all students can fulfil their potential, by ensuring they attend school regularly to benefit from their education”
The team of Attendance Welfare Officers within Tudor Grange Academies Trust provides support to all the Academies within the Trust as well as offering services to other schools and Academies.
As we know the government expects schools and Academies to:
- Promote good attendance and reduce absences, particularly persistent absence.
- Act promptly to address patterns of absence.
- Ensure every student has access to full-time education to which they are entitled.
- Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school/Academy attend regularly.
- Safeguard their students.
- Work towards closing the gap for our vulnerable/PP/LAC/PA students and families.
To support the Academies in maintaining high levels of attendance the team has an Attendance and Punctuality Process that guides and advises them through addressing non-school attendance and what actions to take, to the point of referring the case to the local authority requesting them to consider statutory action. This document provides:
- Advice and support to the academies with issues around attendance, punctuality and welfare of a student.
- A working process on how to escalate a concern through using letters, home visits and meetings and when it is appropriate to use them.
- Standard letters for all eventualities (that can be amended for individuality if necessary).
- Document for parent and school meetings.
- Advice on how to discuss / review attendance on a regular basis.
- Advice on how to record all actions and the importance of this.
- Advice on first day calling.
- Advice on home visits.
The Attendance Welfare Officer for Tudor Grange Academies Trust:
- Liaises with the local authorities that the Academy falls within, to ensure our documentation is strong enough for statutory action to be taken by them.
- Keeps up to date with the local authorities regarding their working practices and any changes they make to them.
- Keeps the Trust updated on changes that are made to the Education Act and Guidance that is given by the DfE.
- Advises how the changes should be implemented and prepares / amends policy documents if required.
- Works with and supports staff who oversee attendance, punctuality and welfare through half termly supervision and is available when support is required.
- Carries out home visits and attends meetings in relation to attendance and welfare.
- Works closely with the DSLs and their safeguarding teams.