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Forthcoming Conference

Annual Training Conference - Managing and Improving Attendance

Wednesday 8th October 2014

9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

This conference will be of interest to professionals who have a responsibility to ensure children and young people access their educational opportunities. We aim to ensure that professionals have the latest and best quality information to support them to undertake their responsibilities in a fast changing environment.

The programme is designed to meet the Professional Developmental Needs of managers and frontline staff charged with improving attendance. The Association has invited a range of Key Speakers to the Conference targeting topics that are of current importance.

The conference will cover:

  • Latest information on National Policy in relation to school attendance
  • An Academy model for improved attendance
  • School attendance enforcement model, Investigation and Legal context, links to Welfare
  • Elective Home Education, development of a National Association
  • Children Missing Education
  • OfSTED framework for school attendance
  • Attendance at school supports safguarding children

If you would like to attend the conference or would like more information please contact Sue Harrison via this website.  This is a great opportunity to network with collegues and hear from guest speakers and we hope you can attend the ARDEN HOTEL, Coventry Rd, Birmingham, B92 0EH, near to the NEC on the 8th October 2014

Trojan Horse Report Released

The Trojan horse investigation into an alleged plot to infiltrate Birmingham shools by Islamic hardliners has been released.

Peter Clarke commissioned by the DfE found many of the central allegations were true. A Mr Alam was interviewed twice during the investigation and criticised in Clarke's report, which found him to be an influential figure at Park View and several other schools of concern.

Mr Alam has spent many years working in education in Birmingham, not only as a governor at six schools but also as a governor trainer on behalf of the council.  During the course of the enquiry some very disturbing evidence came to light which showed that within the staff of the Park View Educational Trust, of which Mr Alam was a director and chair of the board, there existed a deep strand of intolerance and attitudes that are totally inappropriate for those who aspire to educate young people.

On Tuesday, the new education secretary announced measures to protect state-funded schools from extreme religious influences.  She said there would be a new schools commissioner for Birmingham to oversee reforms to the way school governors were selected and operated, and to ensure that all children were properly prepared for life in the modern world.

A full copy of the report can be found on the DfE website.