Truancy is a problem. Children should go to school, parents should ensure their attendance and schools should do more. Its common sense. The present Government are keen to tackle the issue, giving schools more powers and issuing more punitive sanctions to parents. In a speech last year, Michael Gove said:
“we have got to tackle the truancy tragedy in England”
Notwithstanding the educational related disadvantage that children who truant may face, truancy might be an understandable response to school life. Jenn Ashworth writes an interesting article in the Guardian. She describes refusing to go to school (though technically this is school refusal not truanting). Her rationale appears quite logical. Why would anyone volunteer to spend five days a week in a crowded building where everyone is dressed the same, and where your every move is controlled by a bell?
Read Jenn Ashworth’s article in the Guardian.
Department for Education (2011) Michael Gove to the Durand Academy, Speeches http://education.gov.uk/inthenews/speeches/a00197684/michael-gove-to-the-durand-academy