Truancy service ‘clunky’

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Truancy will not be tolerated

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Truants well-monitored in Ashburton

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Truancy officer on right path

New attendance officer Toni Sowman wants to reduce truancy in Mid Canterbury and she has already got off on the right foot. Mrs Sowman recently left her job of 21 years where she held a similar role working with families, and she will now be filling “the big boots” of Jenny Reed who will move … Continued

Truancy in the spotlight

Truancy will be a major focus of Mid Canterbury schools this year, with the goal to have every child attending school more than 90 per cent of the time. Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association president Chris Murphy said principals had agreed truancy was an issue they wanted to tackle, with plans to install initiatives later this … Continued

Truancy ‘a learned behaviour’

Chronic truancy is a learned behaviour that could have lasting effects on a child’s educational future, a Mid Canterbury truancy officer says. Safer Ashburton District attendance officer Jenny Reed said if pupils have poor attendance at a young age, the entire family can slip into a pattern “that only gets worse”. Her comments come after … Continued

‘Get tough on truancy’ says officer

Chronic truancy is a learned behaviour that could have lasting effects on a child’s educational future, a Mid Canterbury truancy officer says. Safer Ashburton District attendance officer Jenny Reed said if pupils have poor attendance at a young age, the entire family can slip into a pattern “that only gets worse”. Her comments come after … Continued

Truancy plaguing schools

A worrying number of truant pupils has left Allenton School principal Graham Smith no choice but to get tough with parents who don’t see education as a priority for their children. Mr Smith said there is “a hard core group” of pupils who continue not to show at school, with some attendance rates as low … Continued

Group retains truancy role

Mid Canterbury truancy officers have avoided the chopping block following the Ministry of Education’s plans to take control of truancy services. Truancy services throughout the country are contracted to local schools and not-for profit organisations, however the ministry wants to take over the reins from next year, reducing the number of agencies who work to … Continued

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