Linda Rundle

Linda has pioneered a lot of work to improve attendance nationally. Prior to joining iAB she was the national lead for school attendance and parental responsibility advising the Department for Education. She has a proven track record of supporting and improving Academies,schools and local authorities to improve attendance and reduce persistent absence.

Personal profile

Linda’s employment career spans work in government departments, local authorities, education, social care, counselling, training and development and higher education. She has an M.Ed in Training and Development, is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

As an independent consultant she has worked with a range of organisations in England, Wales and Ireland from work with the police, colleges and voluntary organisations providing counselling, training and supervision, to chairing and writing a serious case review. Her dynamic leadership always results in highly motivated and successful teams.

Areas of specialism

School Attendance

Whether you need support at strategic level or advice on operational matters, Linda’s proven record of success means that she will discuss your needs and develop her work with you to meet your desired outcomes.

Schools have found her support enables them to overhaul their attendance strategy, review practice to identify strengths and areas for development and help them prepare for Ofsted inspections resulting in improved attendance and improved attainment.

Working with parent / carers and pupils

Linda was a practitioner working with families who were living in challenging situations and environments. She has supported and trained many practitioners in schools and other organisations to enable them to develop the skills to communicate and work with individuals and groups.

Counselling Skills

Schools are places where many young people may need to share their concerns and difficulties, especially when this is a barrier to learning or engaging in the school community.

Staff in schools need to promote the pupil voice and work with colleagues, parents, carers and other agencies is enhanced through high-level communication skills.

Developing counselling skills will enhance communication skills and create a safe and positive environment for all those within a school community or other organisations.

Child Protection in Education

Linda has a wealth of experience in child protection in education ranging from individual work with schools through to work with regional local authority leaders. She has written policies on allegations against professionals and been involved in supporting child protection boards and Serious Case reviews.

Personal and team development

Training and development to enhance individuals and teams is a passion for Linda and she works in a way which enables participants to meet their own needs whilst receiving some supportive challenge to aid personal development and meet organisational objectives.

A full CV is available on request.


  • Girlguiding North West England

    Linda Rundle Associates (iAB)carried out a staff review for us, as we needed to ensure that our staff team would be able to support the Charities strategic aims. The review took place over a number of weeks and during this time the staff team and lead volunteers were all interviewed as part of the process. Linda and her team were the consummate professional consultants, they were able to put everyone at ease with their great people and communication skills. They were diligent and asked the right questions, collected all the reports and gathered all the information they needed in order to come to their conclusion and recommendations. They kept us informed of their progress and we were happy with their recommendations, which we are now implementing, to ensure that we are well equipped as a staff team to meet the long term strategic aims of the Charity.

    - Kelly Hunter Strategy Manager

  • “I appreciate the enormous support you have given our service and the outstanding contribution to our recent regional service event”

    - Attendance Leader South Gloucestershire

  • An extremely thorough and knowledgeable look at our attendance system conducted in a really supportive and professional manner. Linda left no stone unturned and delivered some tough messages in a way that made us feel we could improve things. She helped us develop an action plan that was approved by Ofsted and is starting to make a difference - thank you!

    - Jeremy Richardson Principal David Young Academy

  • “Thank you for your support and …for the consistently high quality of the advice you have offered academies. I know how much it has been appreciated and really helped to make a difference to many young people”

    - Head of Academies Advisers DfE