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Behaviour Change

Behaviour Change: School attendance, exclusion and persistent absence

09 June 2017

Persistent absence from school, defined in 2015 as less than 90 per cent attendance, incurs many costs - economic, social and psychological - not only for the children and young people involved, but also for their communities and for society at large.

This briefing focuses on four key domains behind persistent absence from education:

  • emotional
  • physical health
  • attitudinal/systemic
  • school behaviour-related

In doing so the paper highlights potential future risks to children and young people from educational disengagement, and makes recommendations for policy makers on how to improve school attendance.

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