Tracy is an Attendance Advisor with many years’ experience in supporting families and young people to improve school attendance, enhance their life chances and achieve a increased sense of wellbeing. She has played an integral part in shaping the BDSIP Attendance Service, creating the Attendance Handbook and leading on the Attendance CPD offer, both of which are designed to support schools through the sharing of best practice to secure outstanding attendance.
Before taking up post as an attendance adviser at BDSIP, Tracy worked in a Barking and Dagenham SEND provision as a Family Support Practitioner where her success was testament to the strong relationships she built with young people and their families to address issues around health and wellbeing. Prior to this, Tracy enjoyed her role as a Senior Youth Worker in Essex where she coached young people to success on a range of projects including the Prince’s Trust programmes, National Citizens’ Service, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and Endeavour for young people with SEND.
Her extensive experience in working with young people and their families has taught Tracy that the first step in bringing about positive change is to listen without judgement so that you are able to understand the individual’s or family’s challenges and barriers. Often this will enable you to build a rapport that enables you to both support and challenge with the aim of encouraging students and/or their families to make well-informed, positive choices that will improve academic outcomes and life chances.