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Truancy and schools
Reid, Ken.
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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At present about one million pupils truant from their schools on a daily basis and this book examines why they do it. The numerous reasons for truanting discussed are:
* disadvantageous home backgrounds
* problems with settling in socially at school
* poor performance in school
* experiencing bullying in school
* not coping with the transition from primary to secondary schooling.
This book focuses on the social, psychological and educational causes of truancy. It examines recent research and gives many examples of good practice while also detailing the latest solutions for tackling this problem.
The text is for teachers, heads of year and department heads, senior school managers, education welfare officers, social workers, educational psychologists, parents and all those with an interest in educational policy and practice.

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Reid's Truancy and Schools is best appreciated when combined with Tackling Truancy in Schools (2000), a manual for teachers by the same author. Together they acquaint the reader with much of the latest research on truancy and how to develop practices that will help reduce the truancy rate in schools. Reid also describes how government can play a major role in requiring accountability by schools and the effect of such policies on rates of truancy. This work is primarily intended for teachers and school administrators to aid them in developing appropriate policies and practices to ameliorate the problem of truancy and its consequences not only for the individual, but also for the school system and society as a whole. Recommended for general readers, faculty, researchers, and practitioners. J. F. Biter; formerly, St. Bonaventure University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Forewordp. x
1 The Consequences of Truancyp. 1
2 Types of Truants and Incidencep. 6
3 Types of Truancyp. 26
4 Causes of Truancy: Social Perspectivesp. 44
5 Causes of Truancy: Psychological Indicesp. 56
6 Educational Causes of Truancyp. 82
7 Government Initiativesp. 102
8 School-Based Initiativesp. 136
9 Whole-School Approaches to Reducing Truancyp. 174
10 Improving School Attendance: School-Based Reviewp. 194
11 Teachers, Teaching and Truancyp. 219
12 An Internal and an External Solutionp. 233
13 Ofsted: Guidelines on Attendance and Behaviourp. 271
14 Parents and Truancyp. 286
15 Education Welfare Servicep. 309
16 Epiloguep. 332
Bibliographyp. 334
Indexp. 336