Short and Long-term Solutions
By Ken Reid
Routledge – 2002 – 204 pages
Truancy: Short and Long-term Solutions is a practical and accessible guide to dealing with the problem of truancy and non-attendance. It is the first book on the issue to actively focus on solutions to the problem, rather than the causes.
Full of practical examples of the latest ways in which schools, teachers, education welfare officers and LEAs try to overcome their attendance difficulties. Ken Reid identifies nearly 120 short-term solutions as well as several long-term strategic approaches. The book also considers parental-condoned absenteeism, alternative curriculum schemes and mentoring, while the final chapter presents some strategic issues which policy-makers and politicians need to overcome.
This book provides all teachers, deputy heads, head teachers, education welfare staff, social workers, learning mentors and other caring professionals with a repository of up-to-date ideas and solutions. It is essential reading for anyone involved in addressing the challenge of truancy.
Times Educational Supplement Book of the Week, May 2002
'Reid's pithy reviews of each solution are firmly grounded in current legislative and professional practice and should provide school leaders with a useful checklist. This thoughtful and thorough book closes with a very short chapter which makes practical national policy recommendations for action. I hope the DfES takes his advice.' - Hilary Belden, Times Educational Supplement
'The author states that the book is aimed at schools and policy-makers. I would suggest that it would also provide valuable insights for those from other agencies, such as Connexions, Youth Offending Teams, police etc., who are increasingly becoming involved in trying to work with schools to solve the problems of truancy. Some parents might well find its non-judgemental approach and attempt to provide real solutions, useful too.' - Educational Review
Ken Reid is Deputy Principal at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education. He is currently assisting the DfES with policy issues on attendance and is chairing the forthcoming 'Truancy Roadshow' alongside Estelle Morris and Mo Mowlam.