Behaviour & Attendance Conference

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

Achieving Outstanding Behaviour and Attendance

Half-day Regional Conference
27th June 2014 at The Midlands Technology Centre, Wolverhampton

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Behaviour in primary and secondary schools is a now a key indicator for Ofsted inspections. Schools are now expected to continually monitor behaviour and attendance with a view to being prepared for newly introduced ‘no-notice’ inspections. Inspectors will look at a wide range of evidence to reach a judgement on the standards of behaviour in the school during a visit, this will include assessing the culture of the school and how pupils interact with each other and with staff. Inspectors will observe pupils’ behaviour in the classroom, between lessons, during breaks and after school. They will also speak directly to teachers and pupils to see how incidents of poor behaviour are addressed.

In addition to this, a recent report has said that Britain’s schools must be “more than just exam factories”. The Character and Resilience Manifesto is the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Mobility, and has been produced in collaboration with the CentreForum think-tank. The report argues that more importance should be given to the development of “character and resilience”. It says schools should make it part of their “core business” to nurture pupils’ self-belief, perseverance and ability to bounce back from set-backs.

With this in mind, we are delighted to bring you two speakers who will give you a wealth of information and insight into both of these essential aspects of successful, modern schools and teaching.

The keynote speaker is Susan Morris-King HMI, Ofsted’s National Lead for Behaviour and Attendance. Leading Ofsted’s survey work on behaviour and attendance issues, Sue carries out prominent national work on bullying, alternative provision, nurture groups, pupil referral units and children missing from education. She has been an HMI for almost eight years, and National Lead since summer 2009. Before joining Ofsted, Sue taught in and held senior leadership positions in a number of schools, including special schools and challenging mainstream schools. She also worked for a local authority, with responsibility for special educational needs and behaviour. Sue contributes to Ofsted’s framework development, training for inspectors and other aspects of policy, whilst also inspecting mainstream secondary and primary schools, special schools and pupil referral units.

During the morning Sue will be covering topics that affect your primary or secondary school, including:

• The framework for inspection
• The behaviour and safety judgement
• Alternative provision
• Bullying
• Considerations for your setting
• Questions from the audience

Our second speaker is Tom Harrison, Deputy Director of The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values from the University of Birmingham. Tom has spent many years working on research and development programmes mainly relating to character and citizenship education. He has appeared in the media several times in the last year, including in the national press and radio.  The BBC, in the Education and Family section, recently reported on a survey undertaken by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values that suggests that most people want schools to encourage values such as honesty and fairness in pupils. Tom was also a guest on the BBBC Radio 4 ‘Bringing up Britain’ programme about character (Listen to the episode here).  Tom has also been an advisor on several consultations recently including  the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Mobility report on character and resilience and the IPPR Condition of Britain report. He has also spoken on the theme of Character Education at conferences for head teachers and teachers both in Britain and Internationally.


8.30-9.00am        Registration, breakfast sandwiches & refreshments

9.00-10.00am      Tom Harrison, Deputy Director of The Jubilee Centre “How character, resilience and values affect behaviour & attendance in schools.”

10.00-10.30am    Refreshments

10.30-11.30am     Susan Morris-King HMI, Ofsted National Lead for Behaviour and Attendance “The inspection of behaviour and safety in schools,” plus questions from the audience.

11.30am                 Close


Partner schools and organisations of The Switch Project will receive FREE entrance for their delegates. To register your FREE delegates, please contact Tim Wakefield on (01902) 552 288 or email

For other schools, organisations and individuals wishing to attend, tickets cost £15.90, plus a £1.60 booking fee. Please visit this link Achieving Outstanding Behaviour & Attendance on to purchase your tickets online.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly from The Switch Project via invoice and without booking fee charges, available by contacting Tim Wakefield on (01902) 552 288 or


Midlands Technology Centre, Broadlands, Wolverhampton, WV10 6TB.

 Click here to download the ‘Achieving Outstanding Behaviour and Attendance’ leaflet