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CASE Social Exclusion Seminars

School Absence: How to reduce it, and how not to

Moira Wallace (LSE)

Wednesday 26 June 2024 12:00 - 13:00


This event is both online and in person

SAL 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH


About this event

Absence from school is a serious problem with damaging consequences for young people’s education, health, and welfare. With absence rates soaring in the wake of the pandemic, the search is on for effective solutions. In this seminar, CASE Visiting Professor of Practice Moira Wallace explores the drivers of school absence, and the evolution of absence policy and outcomes in England over the last two decades. Drawing on her recently published research into youth policy under Labour, the Coalition, and the Conservatives, she will show that English secondary school pupils saw significant falls in overall absence and persistent absence in the 2000s, and that these continued until 2013/14. She will discuss possible causes of these reductions, including the role of government absence initiatives, wider youth policy, and other social changes, and consider why progress stalled after 2013/14 before soaring in the pandemic. The seminar will highlight the scale and breadth of action that will be needed to tackle current levels of school absence, and the opportunities to apply the lessons of effective practice in the past.

These seminars are held on Wednesdays in term time at 12:00-13:00

Seminars this year will continue as in person or as hybrid (online and in person) events. Please check our website listings and Twitter feed @CASE_LSE for updates.

This seminar series is organised by:

Laura Lane, Email: l.lane@lse.ac.uk

Dr Abigail McKnight, Email: abigail.mcknight@lse.ac.uk

For further information and papers, when available, please contact:

The CASE team Email: case@lse.ac.uk.

This event will take place in SAL 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Sir Arthur Lewis Building, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH.

The building is labelled SAL on the map. Enter the building via Lincoln's Inn Fields.

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