Attendance Plus was created by Alex Jones in 2016.

Alex has extensive experience in children’s services and ‘narrowing the gap’ initiatives.

These experiences gave Alex opportunity to reimagine attendance support, of what it could be, while also incorporating methods of ‘what works’ (e.g. from research and initiatives) and by incorporating psychodynamic and psychological perspectives to understand severe and persistent absence (e.g. being ‘Attachment-Aware’ and ‘Trauma informed’) and to use the same to mobilise engagement and change.

Alex’s mission has been to reimagine attendance support for the 21st Century, that is, to develop an attendance support that enables regular attendance through the provision of child and family support, to remove underlying barriers to attendance, and most important, to provide support that equips children with the mindset and attitude for learning – this is ‘Compassionate attendance support’.

Understanding schools

Alex has worked extensively in the area of improvement planning and SEF and has a proven track record of evidencing impact (e.g. Ofsted).

National contribution

Alex was member of the British Psychological Society Expert Reference Group ‘From Poverty to Flourishing’, the senate campaign 2020 – 2022.

Specialisms
  • Applied psychological and psychodynamic perspectives
  • Agency and empowerment
  • Education Inclusion: Attendance and Behaviour
  • Child Poverty and ‘Narrowing the gap’
  • Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Agency operations
  • Every Child Matters / Common Assessment Framework
  • Children’s Commissioning
  • Early Years, Childcare and Family Learning
  • Mental Health and Community Care

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