We offer additional Inclusion Officer Support for schools to purchase ON TOP of their core offer, to target persistent absentees & also to assist in interview of pupils as part of investigations.
The Inclusion Team offers a number of services:
Additional Inclusion Officer Support
We offer schools the opportunity to purchase ‘Additional Inclusion Officer Support’ which provides extra capacity to help schools address issues around pupil attendance. This support can range from intervening with individual pupils, to promoting whole-school approaches aimed at improving overall attendance. Schools can request a tailored package to meet their individual needs, in addition to the core statutory service on offer.
Supporting Allegation Interviews
To enable schools to meet their safeguarding responsibilities, we will provide an appropriately qualified and experienced Inclusion Officer to support and advise pupils who are involved in witness interviews of a sensitive nature.
Headteachers and Chairs of Governing Bodies have a responsibility to ensure that an appropriately qualified and suitably experienced adult is present to support pupils when they need to be interviewed as part of personnel investigations arising from allegations made against members of school staff. This service will support schools in meeting their welfare responsibilities.
'Hot Spot Blitz'
Regular attendance at school is crucial in raising standards of education and ensuring that every child can meet their academic potential. The Hot Spot Blitz Strategy is an intensive intervention programme that provides schools with short-term extra capacity and support to target persistent pupil absentees and their parents / carers to help encourage, promote and sustain more regular attendance.
"The investment we made in the Hot Spot Blitz has more than paid for itself with increased and sustained pupil attendance, as well as heightened parental support and positive feedback on this Education Welfare activity". Derek Elliott, Assistant Headteacher, Blackburn Central High School