Teachers and governments all agree that if you wish to raise educational standards then it’s imperative to improve school attendance, and yet an average of around ten per cent of secondary pupils are missing school on a daily basis. Despite governments around the globe trying to address this situation, any improvements have been negligible and improvements in school attendance have been stubbornly hard to achieve.
As an internationally recognised expert on this topic, Professor Ken Reid offers workable, practical solutions to help schools improve attendance and to reduce non-attendance and truancy at government level, school and local authority level, individual pupil level and at the family level. Underpinned by the very latest research, but expanded upon with an accessible, practitioner focus, the issues covered by this topical text include:
Supporting throughout with case-studies and workable solutions to the most demanding of situations, this book will be essential reading for head teachers, deputy head teachers, teachers and any educational professional eager to raise standards for all.
1. Introduction: An overview of School Attendance 2. The causes of non-attendance & truancy 3. Reflections on National Initiatives: The attempts to find national solutions 4. What needs to be done 5. Successful Interventions: The Evidence from research 6. Towards School-Based Solutions: Managing attendance properly 7. Some school change strategies on Attendance: better monitoring & outcomes 8. Case studies 9. Individual Pupil Initiatives 10 Home-School Solutions 11. A future agenda 12. Managing school attendance & combating non-attendance: Conclusions