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Mobile technology to fight truancy

Posted by Admin on January 30, 2009

Did you know that in the UK on a typical school day there are 50,000 children who are not in school and over 8 million school days are lost each year? Me neither. That’s a huge amount. Not only is it bad for the kids’s education (obviously), but can cause worries about safety too.

Well I saw this story about how schools are starting to introduce new mobile technology to help combat this by automatically calling, texting or emailing parents if their child is missing from school. The system, called Truancy Call, keeps trying them until it gets an answer.

Of course, many times the child is away legitimately (illness, holiday etc) and their parent has forgotten to inform the school. In this way it’s quick and easy for them to do so. Sometimes however there can be less savoury reasons for a child missing class:

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