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ERIC Number: EJ801342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
An Evaluation of Reports on the Attendance of Pupils in Out-of-School Provision
Reid, Ken
International Journal of Educational Management, v21 n2 p144-157 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse and evaluate Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) reports on attendance issues within local education authorities' out-of-school provision. Design/methodology/approach: A full cohort of Ofsted reports on inspections of out-of-school units, often known as pupil referral units (PRUs), undertaken in England in 2003 were scrutinised. The attendance data were then analysed statistically and geographically by region. The regions designated were the north of England, London and the Home Counties, the Midlands and the rest of England. Findings: The findings indicate that unauthorised absence rates in PRUs are more than ten times those reported for primary and secondary schools and for local education authorities (LEAs). Overall, unauthorised absence rates exceed authorised rates throughout a majority of PRUs inspected in England in 2003; the exact opposite to schools. There are considerable variations in rates of authorised and unauthorised absence between PRUs within the same regions and within some LEAs. Practical implications: Ofsted appear to give more latitude towards attendance issues within PRUs than they do in their inspection reports for schools and LEAs. The implications of these findings are considered along with the need for further research. Originality/value: This is the first article of its kind to analyse and evaluate the implications of Ofsted reports on attendance issues within LEAs out-of-school units. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)