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The week in audio: Terri White: Finding Britain’s Ghost Children; From Gay to Ze; Who Killed Aldrich Kemp?
White’s emotional investigation into kids in abusive households is a must-hear. Plus, queer parents debunk gender roles and a hilarious return for Radio 4’s spy drama

Miranda Sawyer

25, Mar, 2023 @5:00 PM

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One in five pupils in England were persistently absent in past school year
Covid and other illnesses main reasons for attendance drop compared with pre-pandemic, according to DfE figures

Richard Adams Education editor

16, Mar, 2023 @4:32 PM

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Pushing families into poverty will do nothing to stop school truants | Letters
Letters: Michael Gove’s idea to cut child benefit shows how little he has spoken to parents and educators, writes Fran Morgan, while Derrick Cameron deplores the rightwing view of welfare

08, Mar, 2023 @6:05 PM

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Gove suggests parents of truanting children could have child benefits stopped
Lib Dems say levelling-up secretary is ‘living in a different century’ with the proposal

Nadeem Badshah

28, Feb, 2023 @9:15 PM

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Texting parents may help schools tackle ‘truancy crisis’ in England, say experts
Call for more personalised approach on back of broader efforts to build deeper relationships with families

Sally Weale Education correspondent

20, Feb, 2023 @6:39 PM

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Is there a GCSE in pointless research? Give the Department for Education a grade 9 | Brief Letters
Brief letters: School absence and exam results | Raven reasoning | Standing up for older people | Next-level mansplaining | Death penalty

12, Feb, 2023 @6:22 PM

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Third of 15-year-olds persistently absent from school in England since September
Attendance rates remain lower than before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, research finds

Richard Adams Education editor

10, Feb, 2023 @4:48 PM

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A moment that changed me: I saw my father in court – and knew I had to turn my life around
Face to face with the man I had grown up hating, I realised what a pathetic figure he was. Suddenly I was free to focus on my own future

Daniel Dylan Wray

01, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘Cultural shift’ since pandemic causing attendance crisis in English schools
Teachers say parents are now more reluctant to send children to school or willing to let them stay home

Richard Adams Education editor

13, Jan, 2023 @5:30 PM

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Absenteeism rates in English secondaries double pre-Covid level
Fears some older students may have become disaffected as attendance is at 89% after reopening

Richard Adams Education editor

26, Mar, 2021 @4:07 PM

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Drug gangs prey on excluded truants, warns Ofsted chief
Amanda Spielman says pupil referral units in England, while playing a valuable role, must do more to raise attendance

Michael Savage Policy editor

29, Nov, 2020 @9:15 AM

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Parents take legal action over pupils labelled as truants
Mental health issues ‘are often the cause of school refusals’

Julie Henry

03, Nov, 2019 @9:39 AM

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