- Education Welfare Service (EWS)
- School attendance
- Truancy sweeps
- What schools can do
- What parents can do
- What the Education Welfare Service can do
- Referral to the Education Welfare Service
- 5-Level system of attendance management
- Fast track
- Learners' services
- Statutory assessment
- Elective Home Education
- Child employment
- Children in entertainment
- Promoting race equality
The Department for Education and Skills set up a Working Group to look at ways of securing a more effective prosecution process for school non-attendance.
All stakeholders in the group including LEA's, teachers, magistrates and justice clerks.
A Fast Track Framework was developed, which Bexley now has in place in many of its schools, both primary and secondary.
This framework concentrates on early interventions and aims to ensure a faster and more effective approach to the implementation of intervention strategies for tackling school non-attendance. In cases where it is identified to be appropriate, parents will have up to 12 weeks (one term) to ensure their child regularly attends school or will face prosecution.
The Fast-Track Framework is not about punishing parents - it is about focusing on strategies to address difficulties. The prosecution process itself will NOT change.
Bexley's Fast Track Framework
- Early identification by school
- Parents informed of poor attendance
- Meeting in school to resolve perceived problems including support strategies
- Referral to Education Welfare Service
- Assessment of circumstances around attendance problems
- Meeting to set and Action Plan with targets and support strategies
- Follow up meeting to ensure targets and support met
- Decision on appropriateness of court action
For further information about the Fast Track Framework, please contact Penny Grey; Senior Education Welfare Officer on 0203 045 4023.
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