FREE Attendance Network Launch Meeting (Summer 2024)

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Join us for the launch of the NEW Gateway Alliance Attendance Network, brought to you in partnership with Inclusive Attendance.

  • Explore the implications of the DfE’s new statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Improve School Attendance’ (statutory from August 2024) and get equipped to implement in your setting.
  • Hear a case study from a school that has had great success in improving attendance using a child-centred, whole school approach.
  • Have the opportunity to talk to experts and network with peers, sharing challenges and new ideas.

We are honoured to have Headteacher Margaret Sexton joining us to share impactful and effective practices from her experience leading Westcourt Primary & Nursery School . Margaret’s insights will offer inspiration and practical strategies for improving attendance outcomes and changing the culture around attendance.

PLUS – everyone who attends this launch meeting will receive a voucher for their school, for £100 off the cost of joining our NEW Attendance Network in 2024-25 (RRP £315)!

DATE: Monday, 24th June 2024

TIME: 13:30-16:00

LOCATION: ONLINE – ZOOM meeting (a link will be sent out a week before)



If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email:

Michelle O’Dell has over 28 years experience working in education, starting her career as a teaching assistant for pupils with SEND in a secondary school.  After completing her PGCE she taught in a variety of primary settings before becoming a primary head teacher. A journey which gave her the exciting opportunity to experience the joys and challenges in diverse settings, including small, rural, church and large, inner-city multi-cultural schools.

Laterly, Michelle was the Trust Strategic Attendance Manager for the John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust (JTMAT) and Attendance Advisor for the DfE. In her role at JTMAT, Michelle held responsibility for attendance in 19 schools (6 secondary, 2 infant and 9 primary).

As a DfE Attendance Advisor Michelle supported schools and Trusts across the country.

Michelle now works as a freelance Educational Consultant for ‘All Things Attendance’.  and as an Associate Consultant for ‘Inclusive Attendance’.

Excellent school attendance, the whole child and whole school approach has always been Michelle’s passion and she firmly believe that it is the cornerstone to everything we do in schools.

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