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Consultancy


No school will achieve 100% attendance. An increasing number of children are unwilling or unable to attend school full time and we all know it.


If a draconian approach to the challenges of this - or the SEND/CAMHS pipeline - is working for your school and the young people you serve, then you don’t need me.


But if you’re interested in fostering a whole school culture of positive mental health, understanding the attendance barriers unique to each child and, in line with schools' statutory responsibilities on attendance from September 2023, exploring flexibilities that take the pressure off all involved, then I can help.


If your school has large numbers of children persistently absent, I will:

  • Coach children and collaborate with parents to unpick and feedback the complex reasons for non-attendance

  • Open up impartial and non-judgemental channels of communication between families and schools to strengthen relationships and increase the likelihood of positive change

  • Work with key staff members to find realistic ways to meet the needs of individual children

  • Disrupt the negative cycles of blame and shame that can lead to hardened positions on attendance and stop positive progress

  • Devise flexi-schooling policies for your school to support the needs of children struggling to attend school full time and improve attendance figures

  • Contribute to the development of trauma informed mental health, wellbeing and EBSNA policies

Coaching services in school

I offer coaching sessions in small groups or 1-1 for pupils who are struggling with anxiety or overwhelm and are showing early warning signs of increased non-attendance.


Areas covered include:

 

  • Learning to focus on what you can control and letting go of what you can’t

  • Developing strategies for good self care

  • Managing workload and exam stress

  • Making a plan so things get better

  • Resolving conflict

  • Peer coaching skills to foster positive connections and improve confidence

 

Group sessions take place during lunch hours in secondary schools in London and 1-1 sessions usually online.

Please get in touch using the contact form below to arrange a discussion and find out more. 

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