Truancy and Schools

Truancy and Schools

Truancy and Schools

Truancy and Schools

Synopsis

Focusing on the social, psychological and educational causes of truancy, this text examines research and gives many examples of good practice while also detailing solutions for tackling this problem.

Excerpt

This book is intended to be of practical help to serving headteachers, senior staff, middle managers, serving teachers, education welfare officers, education social workers, educational psychologists, teacher educators, student teachers, social workers, child care professionals and educational administrators.

The purpose of this volume is sevenfold. First, it is intended to replace and update my successful book, Truancy and School Absenteeism, which was published in 1985. Whereas the aim of that book was to show that truancy and school absenteeism are complex multi-dimensional problems, and that teachers and related professionals need to understand the issues involved in these phenomena if they are to stand any chance of successfully re-integrating non-attenders back into their institutions, this new book, while reinforcing the social, psychological and institutional causes of absenteeism, the various forms of absence, and the incidence and types of truancy, goes very much further. It also focuses upon the Government's latest initiatives, school-based solutions to tackling truancy, and the need for effective school policy documents on absenteeism. It produces the OFSTED guidelines on attendance, considers the role of the education welfare/social work service, and the part played by parents in truancy, and the link between effective schools, good teachers and school-based projects on attendance. Throughout the text are numerous examples of case and project data mostly taken from my own recent research or research carried out by higher degree students on truancy under my supervision. These data focus on case studies of individual truants, schools, parents and other school-based projects such as the one at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School in Mid Glamorgan.

Second, the text primarily focuses on the educational aspects of truancy, paying close attention to the ways in which teachers and other caring professionals can manage truants. The book stresses the need for early intervention; it also reinforces the enlightened position which schools and teachers need to take if the genesis and persistent stages of non-attendance are to be prevented or overcome. The text is eclectic; it does not focus on one method per se of overcoming the difficulties. The contents indicate that a whole variety of solutions to truancy are possible. The key thrust is on making pupils aware that their attendance matters.

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