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ERIC Number: EJ907561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 101
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
The National Behaviour and Attendance Review in Wales: Findings and Recommendations on School Attendance
Reid, Ken
Research in Education, v81 n1 p20-42 May 2009
This article presents the methodology and findings on school attendance obtained over two years from 2006 for the National Behaviour and Attendance Review in Wales. The review was led and chaired by the author and the report was presented to the Minister for Children, Lifelong Learning and Skills and the Welsh Assembly Government in May 2008. The report is especially important given the disproportionate rate of non-attendance in primary and secondary schools in parts of Wales as compared with the rest of the United Kingdom, especially levels of unauthorised absence. The methodology included both qualitative and quantitative approaches and is unique in covering a range of emerging fields. Among other aspects, the methodology included interviews with primary and secondary-age pupils, including those with attendance and behaviour problems and in specialist minority secondary-school settings. It also included work with parents, teachers and a wide range of support professionals from schools, local authorities, voluntary bodies and caring agencies. Findings are presented on the use of attendance codes in Wales, early intervention, electronic registration, the use of attendance targets, the prosecution of parents in attendance cases, the use of truancy sweeps, socio-economic factors and school differences, the role of governing bodies, the use of spot checks, bullying, teachers' views, the voices of children and young people, the opinions of parents, the role of the local authorities in Wales and of the Welsh Assembly Government. Finally, the core and supporting recommendations made in the NBAR report are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (Wales)