Klein, M., Sosu, E., & Lillywhite, E. (2022) School Absenteeism and Educational Attainment - Evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study. Research Brief. University of Strathclyde
Sosu, E., & Klein, M. (2021). Socioeconomic disparities in school absenteeism after the first wave of COVID-19 school closures in Scotland. Research Brief. University of Strathclyde
Klein, M., Goodfellow, C., Dare, S., & Sosu, E. (2020). Socioeconomic Inequalities in School Attendance in Scotland: Research Brief. University of Strathclyde.
“School absenteeism and academic achievement – Heterogeneity across type of absence and family socioeconomic status” was presented at the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference in Ayr, Scotland (November 2022).
“Family socioeconomic status and academic achievement: the mediating role of school absenteeism” was presented at the International Network for School Attendance (INSA) Conference in Egmont aan Zee, Netherlands (October 2022).
“School absences in secondary schooling and adolescents’ post-school destinations – Evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study” was presented at the Transitions in Youth (TIY) Conference in Naples, Italy (September 2022).
“School absences in secondary schooling and adolescents’ post-school destinations – Evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study” was presented at the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) Conference in Dublin, Ireland (August 2022).
“Family background and academic achievement: An investigation into the mediating role of school absenteeism” was presented at the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR) Annual Conference 2021.
“Are school leavers’ post-school destinations associated with their school attendance during secondary education? was presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse (SLLS) Annual Conference 2021: https://www.slls.org.uk/2021-conference
“Family socioeconomic status and educational achievement: Examining the mediating role of school absenteeism” was presented at the BPS Psychology of Education Conference 2021: https://www.delegate-reg.co.uk/pes2021/
“School absenteeism and academic achievement: Is missing out on school more detrimental to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds?” was presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Annual Conference 2021. https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/conference/26/contribution/50021/
“School absenteeism and academic achievement: Is missing out on school more detrimental for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds” was presented at the ISA RC28 Spring Meeting 2021 in Turku (virtual conference). For more information see here: https://rc28turku.utu.fi/
“School absenteeism and educational attainment: Is missing out on school more detrimental to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds? was presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS) Annual Conference 2019 in Potsdam, Germany.
“Who is missing out on school? Exploring socioeconomic inequalities in school absenteeism” was presented at the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. For more information see here: https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/conference/24/contribution/47563/
We provided the Keynote “Determinants and Consequences of School Absenteeism” at the Attendance Symposium, a professional learning event for educators, aimed at addressing school attendance problems to improve life outcomes for children and young people in Scotland (27 March). The event was organised by the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/public/fvwlric/uploads/sites/7616/2023/02/03100640/Attendance-Symposium-Brochure.pdf
Together with Poverty Alliance and General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), we organised the webinar “School absences and the poverty-related attainment gap” (March 2022). https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/events/schoolabsencesandthepovertyrelatedattainmentgap/
Together with Dr Markus Gehrsitz (University of Strathclyde), we organised the Strathclyde Engage Event “Data Can Tell Us ‘What Works’ in Education: Insights from Quantitative Education Research”. https://www.engage.strath.ac.uk/event/804
We presented first results from our project at the Engage Strathclyde event “Who is Missing Out on School? The Role of School Absenteeism in the Poverty-Related Attainment Gap”. For more information see here: https://www.engage.strath.ac.uk/event/604
Moderated by Prof Donald Christie, this webinar presents research findings on the role of school absences in the poverty related attainment gap in Scotland, and the implications for policy and practice.
Dr Claire Cassidy (University of Strathclyde) interviewed us for the School of Education’s podcast series “Meet an academic”: https://anchor.fm/strathclyde-education/episodes/Podcast-21-Meet-an-academic-Dr--Edward-Sosu-and-Dr--Markus-Klein-e11an8n
We published a podcast summarising our first and second research brief as part of Education Scotland’s Signposting Equity Issue 12: https://sway.office.com/x5EJ7G2hrOjsTgnG?ref=Link
We submitted written evidence to the UK Parliament Education Committee on persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/117933/pdf/
We have written a blog post highlighting the increase of absence rates during the pandemic and summarising our research on the determinatns and consequences of school absenteeism: https://theconversation.com/persistent-absence-from-school-is-a-growing-threat-to-childrens-education-201501
Our paper published in Review of Education was discussed in the Newsbreak (Philippines) article “More than 40% of Peoria Public School students were chronically absent in 2021”. https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2727934122886/more-than-40-of-peoria-public-school-students-were-chronically-absent-in-2021
Our paper published in Children and Youth Services Review was cited in the blog post “School attendance problems are complex, and our solutions need to be as well”. https://theconversation.com/school-attendance-problems-are-complex-and-our-solutions-need-to-be-as-well-189849
Our paper published in AERA Open was discussed in TES (https://www.tes.com/magazine/news/general/authorised-school-absence-equally-detrimental-pupils) and The Courier
The media and communications team at Strathclyde published a press release on our second research brief: https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/schoolabsenteeismroseamidpandemic-predominantlyinmoredeprivedareas/
Our first research brief was discussed in the report “The Poverty-related Attainment Gap: A review of the evidence” by Poverty Alliance and the Robertson Trust. https://www.povertyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/The-Poverty-related-Attainment-Gap-A-Review-of-the-Evidence-2.pdf
Our second research brief was discussed in an article in The Herald: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19054348.agenda-tackling-disadvantage-faced-young-people-locked-poverty/
Our project is discussed in the GTCS publication Teaching Scotland (Issue 86): https://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=217750e9-ff63-45d8-8f1a-8e4e3fd6a35f
The media and communications team at Strathclyde published a press release on our paper published in Children and Youth Services Review: https://www.strath.ac.uk/whystrathclyde/news/broadermeasuresneededtoaddressinequalitiesinschoolabsenteeism/
We published a blog for the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde summarising our results so far: https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/schoolofeducation/blog/schoolattendanceandthepoverty-relatedattainmentgap/
The PI presented our research in the Scottish Quantitative Education Workshop at the University of Glasgow
The PI was invited to give a talk in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and presented a summary of our current project findings.