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  • Current and upcoming activities and achievements
    • Erasmus+ Strategic partnership – Problematic school absence. 
      • The aims of the project: The Erasmus+ -project Problematic school absence – Improving systems and tools aims to improve existing systems and to recommend initiatives targeted at pupils with problematic school absence. The Nordic project will examine mutual challenges in the primary and secondary education systems and work to develop a common model to improve the practice related to problematic school absence. Societal changes, results from research and experience from working with problematic school absence show the need to develop existing routines and practices in schools and in the municipalities.
      • The phases of the project: The project is divided into two main phases over 36 months. The first phase will result in a description of current guidelines and practices in the partner countries. In the second phase the project aims to suggest new guidelines, initiatives, and routines to prevent and treat problematic school absence across the Nordic countries. 
      • Partners: The coordinating organisation of this Erasmus+ KA2 – Strategic Partnership is Statped (Norway). The participating organisations are Valteri Centre for Learning and Consulting (Finland), Magelungen Utveckling (Sweden) and Aarhus Kommune and Aarhus University (Denmark).
      • Contact: Peter Friberg, Magelungen Utveckling, Sweden.
    • 2021 March: The Swedish foundation Jerringfonden has published an international anthology on contemporary research on school attendance problems – Swedish summary and the anthology in English -
    • 2021 March: Ifous erbjuder halvdagsseminarier kring ”Att främja ungas skolnärvaro” för verksamheter i Stockholms län. You find information about the seminars, and contact information here.
    • 2021 March: Plug Innan - Ongoing project aiming at supporting schools – grade 5-9 – in their work of promoting, preventing and giving interventions to increase the amount of students eligable for senior high school. Contact: Sofia Reimer, utvecklingsledare, Göteborgsregionen Utbildning.
    • 2021 March: Sveriges Kommuner och Regioner (SKR) – Fullföljda studier a program for municipalities to take part of to prevent dropout.
    • 2021 March: Translation of the Inventory of School Attendance Problems (ISAP) into Swedish. ISAP contain 48 items to assess a broad spectrum of school attendance problems. Contact: Ola Tengnér, teacher in special education. 2021 March 18-19: School Attendance Problems in International Comparison, an International Online Workshop arranged by members of the research project SAPIC: School attendance problems in international comparison – Statistics, risk groups and prevention in Sweden, Germany, Japan and the UK.
    • 2021 March 18-19: School Attendance Problems in International Comparison, an International Online Workshop arranged by members of the research project SAPIC: School attendance problems in international comparison – Statistics, risk groups and prevention in Sweden, Germany, Japan and the UK
    • 2021 Februrary 4: Magelungen Akademi: International conference on school absenteeism.
    • National investigation of prevalence of school absenteeism. During the year of 2021 The Swedish National Agency for Education (Skolverket) will conduct a national survey to investigate the prevalence of school absenteeism among Swedish students in compulsory school.
    • Ongoing since 2020: International Comparative Perspectives on School Attendance Problems- Analysis of statistics, risk groups and prevention in four countries This research project is funded by the Swedish Research Council from 2020 - 2023.The purpose of this study is to investigate national, organisational and individual dimensions of school attendance problems (SAP) among 15 to 17-year-olds in Sweden, the UK, Germany and Japan. The project uses a mixed method approach combining quantitative analysis of large-scale data on the national level with qualitative case studies on the organisational and individual level. Contact Susanne Kreitz-Sanberg.
    • The usefulness of SRAS, ISAP and SNACK - An evaluation of three assessment instruments for school attendance problems - Research project on translating three international instruments on school absenteeism into Swedish. Contact: Johan Strömbeck, Master in Psychology, PhD-student.
    • Reducing school absenteeism - Promoting Health in Gothenburg. A 3-year ongoing multidisciplinary project in Gothenburg, conducted in collaboration between private funded and public funded organizations and researchers from different universities. The aim is to proactively promote school attendance, instead of only taking measures when the students are already absent. The present project is carried out in Angered, one of ten urban districts in Gothenburg. One of the solutions is a digital tool that uses data related to student attendance, and, using machine learning, predicts attendance and absence of individual students. Opportunities are explored to develop a process of collecting questionnaire data from students using a mobile-app, which can also improve the predictions of the machine learning system. The mobile-app will also provide data that increases the understanding of the needs of students, and make schools better equipped to tailor successful interventions. We also plan for a digital action toolbox that includes suggestions for actions that schools can use to increase the school attendance. Furthermore, the analysis of the data can provide us with better understanding of health needs of young people and a better understanding of school environment. Collaborators: Institute for Future studies, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Linköping University, Karolinska Institutet, Gothenburg City intraservice, Gothenburg City Primary and compulsory School Administration, Region Västra Götalandsregionens enhet för samhällsanalys, Ivbar Institute AB, Gothenburg University, Sahlgrenska Academy, Secondary Schools Administration, Ping Pong AB. The project is also conducted in collaboration with Sveriges Utbildningsradio AB and Social resursförvaltning. Financial support from Vinnova (Sweden Innovation agency). Contact Sara Nasstrom
  • Past activities and achievements
    • A governmental investigation focused on promoting attendance in the Swedish compulsory school system. The investigation was conducted by Malin Gren Landell, psychologist, PhD. The investigation resulted in changes in the school law related to school absenteeism. The changes primarily concern assessing reasons for school absenteeism, information at transitions from one school to another, and cooperation. The changes are valid from July 1st 2018.
    • PlugInnovation – The largest Swedish collaborative project on prevention of dropout (2012-2018). Reports and resources are available on this platform.
    • Sveriges Kommuner och Regioner (SKR) – Fullföljda studier a program for municipalities to take part of to prevent dropout
    • #jagmed - a project running from 2016-2018 with joint effort among counties to reduce the number of young people dropping out of school. The aim was to help young people return to studies or internships/work and get a permanent affiliation to the labour market. The project was funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) Contact Lars-Inge Jonsson and Josefin Brüde Sundin
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