About Peninsula Education
Education Welfare Officers that care
At Peninsula Education, we help schools and academies across the whole of Devon, Cornwall, and the South West increase their attendance and reduce persistent absence.
It all started with wanting to create a more flexible and personal Education Welfare Service for schools.
Having worked for 20 years as a teacher, SENCO, Assistant Headteacher, and also as the Principal Education Welfare Officer for Cornwall, I understood the challenges faced by both sides in increasing attendance.
But when my daughter became extremely ill, I also learned first-hand what it was like to be a parent of a child with significant medical needs who was facing an extended absence.
I decided to resign from my position to care for her full time. As she recovered, I knew I wanted to use my combined knowledge as a teacher, Education Welfare Officer, and parent of a child with special attendance needs to help schools and parents with an all-round approach that would raise attendance rates and keep them there through sustained support and training.
Then an ex-colleague working with a school struggling with low attendance asked me to come in and help them as a consultant.
After reviewing their current processes, I put new strategies in place and supported the school in upholding them by meeting parents, holding attendance clinics, conducting home visits, training staff, and where necessary issuing warning letters. Thanks to this all-round approach attendance levels increased, along with attainment and progress.
The Headteacher was so impressed that she recommended me to the other schools in the Multi-Academy Trust. A few months later I was working with all seven primary schools, and Peninsula Education was born.
From that one request, we now support a whole range of settings across the South West, from primary schools to secondary schools and APA’s (Alternative Provision Academy). We’ve grown to include a whole team of experienced staff, all with a passion for using their experience to support the education and welfare of children. And schools continue to refer to us through word of mouth – making us proud that they value the work we do and want to share that with colleagues.
We’re excited to see how we can support you, both remotely and in-person, to successfully improve your attendance. And we look forward to meeting you on our training courses both in-person across the South West and online wherever you are in the country.
Have a look around our Support and Training pages and get in touch to see how we can help you.
We’d love to hear from you.
The Peninsula Education Team
Tracy McLennan, Director
Tracy has worked in education for over 20 years, beginning in the classroom as a science teacher for nine years and then working with the Local Authority as an Education Welfare Officer. Passionate about supporting the needs and welfare of children, she is a qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCO) and was an Assistant Headteacher and experienced Senior Leader in secondary schools, supporting learners with SEND. Tracy was working as Principal Education Welfare Lead within her Local Authority when she was inspired to develop a more flexible support model for schools. She sits on a group for Attendance Leads supporting a shared approach to attendance across England, and also sits as a School Governor.
Fran Pender, Education Welfare Officer
Fran joined the Peninsula Education team in 2019 with over 30 years of experience working in Education Welfare. Originally working for the Local Authority, Fran looked after schools across Cornwall as an Education Welfare Officer whilst also taking on the role of Family Group Conference Coordinator and working in Conflict Resolution and Family Therapy. Passionate about improving the welfare of vulnerable people across all areas of life, Fran has volunteered with Women’s Aid and community kitchens in Penzance. She is also an experienced School Governor.
Clare Martin, Education Welfare Officer
Clare has worked in the education sector since graduating from the University of Leeds in 2015 and was thrilled to join the Peninsula Education team in 2020. As an experienced teacher of English as a Second Language, she has taught in schools and colleges all over the world, from Europe to China, New Zealand, and Australia. As a result, she is a specialist in working with students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) – supporting them and their teachers in developing English skills so they feel comfortable and excited coming to school.
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