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  • Faye Whittle
    Faye Whittle
    Faye Whittle Inclusion Consultancy Ltd

    Faye is a West Midlands based education consultant (Director of Faye Whittle Inclusion Consultancy Ltd) specialising in Inclusion and SEND.

    With a successful career in education spanning over 25 years, Faye is a qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator and a SEND Link Governor for a Birmingham primary school. She is passionate about working in partnership with schools to improve outcomes for vulnerable learners.

    As a SEND Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) Faye is committed to developing the capacity and capability of other SEND and Inclusion leaders so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.


Zoom Session
Zoom Session


Thu 3 Oct 2024


09:30 - 10:30

Five Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice

Focus: Leadership and Management
For: Attendance leads


A brief session to introduce you to the 5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice:

The 5 Foundations of Effective Attendance Practice framework is modelled on the work of Professor Katherine Weare. The emphasis is on developing a school culture and climate which builds a sense of connectedness and belonging to ensure all children can attend school and thrive. The approach ensures schools prioritise building solid working relationships with children / parents prior to any escalation. The approach allows educational settings to identify triggers early that can lead to poor attendance issues such as; mental health issues, lack of trust, communication and relationship breakdowns and the possible lack of networking opportunities both internal (in-school) and external (external agencies).

The Foundations framework has most recently been reviewed by the Department for Education. The Foundations framework received an excellent report following the four-day review.

“The Foundations approach is an excellent example of best practice; there are very clear and detailed systems and procedures in place to manage absence and attendance consistently” – Michelle O’Dell DFE Attendance Advisor, March 2022

Director’s Note:

We are repeatedly asked to give some direction on how to improve attendance. Here it is. Get yourself booked on. See what you think. You may want to work with them further, you may just take the initial ideas, for now. It’s up to you, but you won’t know, if you don’t come.

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