Children's Health and School Attendance Conference



We are holding our annual training conference
open to non members:
Wednesday 17th October 2018     9.30 - 4.00pm
At Arden Hotel near Birmingham International Airport / Station
The theme of the conference:  Children's Health and School Attendance
Most school absence is recorded under the heading of ill health or medical reasons. However what does that mean? In addition to that many children have health issues that impact on their ability to learn.
We are finalising the details of the training conference but we will explore through presentations and discussion on the issues and practical ways forward to adrress the key issues.
This will include:
  • Analysis of the key issues and data on health related absence
  • The development of effective working relationships between GPs and schools
  • LA support and the provision of tuition
  • Supporting children with complex medical needs in schools or education settings
  • Authorising absence and statutory solutions
  • A focus on children's mental health and impact on education
  • The role of a school nurse
Key note presentations confirmed:

Jane Cole : Hospital Education Manager : Hampshire County Council 

Good practice for schools and LA in supporting pupils with medical needs

Martin Higgs Headteacher of Alverton Primary School in Cornwall.
Martin has developed the Learning Well Partnership between a number of schools and GP practices that demonstrates how to build effective working between schools and health professionals
Tameside Education Service
How schools support pupils with medical needs: a school and LA prespective
and much more .....
AEWM members £130
NASWE members £130
Non Members £160
Lunch and refreshments provided
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President -  TONY WALLER  Somerset

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I was pushed into joining the AEWM by a previous manager who was also an ex-president, some 15 years ago. Got to say ‘what a ride and what a learning curve’. I would not be where I am today without AEWM. So get on and ride with me, our 101st year 

So what do I think?

“Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” JFKennedy

Cannot argue with this just ask each of us to remember it as without children none of us have a job or future!

I was made redundant from my first job by one Margaret Thatcher. I was milk monitor at Flora Gardens Primary School when she became the milk snatcher.

I was a persistent absentee from my first secondary school Holland Park Comprehensive. Moved to St.Marylebone Grammar School in what is now year 8 and loved the change.

Now I am here.

I want;

  1. To ensure the EWS, in whatever form, LA or independent, puts children first,
  2. To have more SEWO types become involved with the NEC,
  3. To continue to help DfE address school attendance issues & safeguarding in education issues,
  4. To continue to work with NASWE, AEHEP, NNCEE & associated groups in ensuring points above


The beginning is the most important part of the work – Plato

I am not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens - Woody Allen.

I am humbled to accept this role of President of AEWM & will do all that I am able, to stay true to our values and help those that need us.

Tony Waller

AEWM President 2018 to 2019


Dates for the diary:

17th October 2018    -  Annual Training Conference open to non members

                               Addressing the 55% Absence Illness Code

22nd May 2019         -  Members only Conference  


Both events will be held at the Arden Hotel, Bickenhill, Solihull. 

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