HC Deb 10 March 1981 vol 1000 c268W
24. Mr. Heddle

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the ways in which local education authorities assess the level of truancy in schools through the measurement of justifiable and unjustifiable absence from school.

Dr. Boyson

My Department does not collect information on the methods used by local education authorities for monitoring school attendances. As my hon. Friend's question implies, the definition of truancy is very difficult and to distinguish between justifiable and unjustifiable absence from school can entail subjective judgments by teachers of educational social workers.

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