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Education Welfare Service
The Education Welfare Service works with Schools and Academies to provide support to children, young people and their families in connection with school attendance and accessing education
Support to families can take a range of forms including proactive support, individual work, advice and guidance, and in extreme cases legal action.

The Education Welfare Service also has a responsibility for monitoring children missing from education, elective home education, child employment and entertainment licences.

The Education Welfare Service has a range of statutory and discretionary responsibilities. Not all services may be available in Academies as the same responsibilities do not always apply.

School attendance

Enforcing school attendance is the main role of the Education Welfare Service, but in practice Education Welfare Officers (EWOs) will work closely with schools and families in an attempt to avoid legal measures.

It is recognised that the causes of irregular school attendance can be varied and complex and in some cases EWOs will undertake an important role in other related areas of work which may have a bearing on school attendance.

Education Welfare Officers will not undertake the role of a legal advocate.

Education Welfare Officers will:

  • Encourage parents to visit the school and discuss any concerns
  • Offer support and advice on a variety of educational matters
  • Make parents aware of their legal responsibilities
  • Assess areas of difficulty and bridge any gap between home and school
  • Interpret particular situations and needs to the school
  • Work with the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and Child Protection Process to support children where appropriate

Irregular school attendance is usually associated with a range of personal problems experienced by the child or family concerned. The role of the Education Welfare Officer is to:
  • Identify, in conjunction with schools, cases of irregular school attendance which necessitate further action
  • Assess the circumstances which have led to the breakdown of school attendance and identify causes and other significant factors which can assist in resolving the problems
  • Assist schools in the interpretation and use of attendance data through closer analysis and monitoring
  • Analyse the extent and incidence of intermittent and persistent absence
  • Plan appropriate action in conjunction with the school, appropriate agencies, the child and the family
  • Implement action plans to support the child and family in overcoming their difficulties with irregular school attendance, often done through the CAF process
  • Take court proceedings on behalf of the local authority
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26 Mar
Early Years Leadership Forum
This session provides an opportunity for EYFS Leaders to: • gain information on current ideas and national initiatives. • discuss pertinent issues to support development of practice • identify and consider strategies for further EYFS improvements Tutor Pen Portraits Janet Mitchell Janet is a dedicated and inspiring Early Years Consultant with nationally Registered Moderator status. Her extensive experience includes many years supporting Wakefield settings and training on effective EYFS pedagogy and practice within the Local Authority Mandy Scrivens Mandy is an enthusiastic Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Consultant who provides a range of support to Local Authority (LA) Schools. As well as being a Nationally Registered EYFS Profile Moderator, Mandy has been an Advanced Skills Teacher and a Leading Maths Teacher. She has an in depth knowledge of the EYFS and is experienced in delivering high quality training in this area.
26 Mar
Emergency First Aid at Work Level 3 (Qualsafe)
This course covers the following; The roles and responsibilities of an emergency first aider Assessing an incident Managing an unresponsive casualty CPR Recovery Position Choking Seizures Shock Wounds and bleeding Minor injuries such as cuts, grazes and bruises and minor burns and scalds Due to the practical nature of the course it is recommended that you wear trousers on the day. It is also important that you let us know if you are not able to get onto the floor in order to complete the practical parts of the course.
26 Mar
Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)
ELSA is an intervention that was developed and is supported by Educational Psychologists who apply psychological knowledge of social and emotional development to particular areas of need in order to promote the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. The six days of ELSA training consists of the following: - Introduction to ELSA, target setting and emotional literacy in schools - Building self-esteem and resilience - Building motivation and engagement; social skills - Emotional regulation; ASD - Loss and bereavement; the use of stories in ELSA work - Key skills to deliver the ELSA role; action planning with line managers In addition to the training days, this package includes two group supervision sessions. This provides ELSAs with clinical casework supervision and the opportunity to gain ideas, resources and support from Educational Psychologists and their fellow ELSAs. The cost of the package (six days of training and two group supervision sessions) is £550 per person. To help you to identify members of staff appropriate for the course, it may be helpful to consider that an ELSA needs to: - Have a warm personality and be able to stay calm under pressure - Be able to gain the confidence of children who may present as being outwardly challenging or socially withdrawn - Be happy to work independently and show initiative - Be creative in planning interventions and efficient in recording ELSA work - Be eager to learn and develop new skills (Upon completion of training, there is a separate supervision SLA available for purchase at £250 for half termly supervision sessions to support trained ELSAs in maintaining the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake their role. Please note that although this is an optional additional SLA, ongoing clinical supervision for ELSAs is a requirement for them to continue using the ELSA title.)
26 Mar
EYFS Profile Moderation Visit Information Meeting
- To receive information regarding the processes and procedures of the EYFS Profile moderation visit - To meet with the LA moderator and arrange a moderation visit date. - To participate in a discussion regarding in school assessment and moderation procedures - To engage in a joint observation using dvd clip
27 Mar
Clerks Network Meeting
This meeting enables clerks to receive relevant and recent updates and share good practice to ensure that statutory duties of the Academy/School Governing Board are carried out in line with the DfE 2017 Guidance on Exclusion. There is also the opportunity to discuss relevant issues in order to support clerks fulfil their role.