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Talking Impact: Measuring your impact on school attendance

Event breakdown

Poor school attendance and persistent absence have been on the increase in post-pandemic schooling. We recently hosted a well-received webinar with schools across the country discussing the key driving factors of this phenomenon. We identified that education organisations may also be interested in understanding what's going on with attendance in schools. On the 26th of March, we will be exploring how education organisations' work links with attendance, discussing why it could be useful to evidence their impact on attendance, and understanding how they can evidence impact on attendance.

We will be joined by expert panellists who will talk about their experience collecting attendance data, the enablers, challenges and considerations they have had to make in relation to this. 

Please see below for a brief outline of what the session contained:

  • Presentation of summary of findings from our Understanding Attendance Report
  • Introduction to our expert panellists
  • Panel discussion on attendance
  • Q&A - a chance to ask our experts your questions on attendance

You can watch our school focused webinar on attendance here and you can find our report on 'Understanding Attendance: Findings on the drivers of pupil absence from over 30,000 young people in England' here.

Siân Cogan

Impact and Systems Manager

With a passion for ensuring young people have every opportunity to thrive in education and beyond, Siân joined the Jamie’s Farm team in March 2023. She is responsible for managing and reporting on impact data across 6 farms. Bringing data to life alongside the real stories of young people visiting the farms is what Siân enjoys most, as well as supporting staff and teachers to get the most out of Jamie’s Farms’ systems. Before Jamie’s Farm, Siân worked for the Trussell Trust, supporting food banks with operations, systems and training so they could serve their communities effectively.

Jake Farrell

Investment Director

Jake Farrell is an Investment Director at Impetus. As an organisation Impetus provides long term unrestricted funding and capacity building support to partner organisations; school engagement is a key theme of Impetus’ recent grant rounds relating to Social and Emotional Learning and school exclusion. Prior to working for Impetus Jake was the Head of Programme Quality and Impact at The Access Project, a widening participation charity providing tutoring and mentoring to disadvantaged young people.

Jenny Graham

Director of Research, Impact and Influence

Jenny is the Director of Research, Impact and Influence at The Difference. The Difference delivers CPD to school leaders on whole school inclusion to drive improvements in student level outcomes around exclusions, attendance and wellbeing in school. They research what makes for effective practice around inclusion and work in coalition with other organisations to identify and campaign for policy recommendations that can support schools to improve inclusive approaches. Jenny is a policy researcher with specialisms in exclusions, safeguarding and wellbeing research in education.

James Reeves

Senior Policy Lead

James is the Senior Policy Lead for the education charity Football Beyond Borders (FBB). He works closely with FBB's young people, youth practitioners and impact team to produce evidence, advocate and lobby for systems change which centres on the importance of trusted adult relationships for all young people.

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