The Association of Metropolitan Authorities has condemned government plans to make each council publish truancy lea...
The Association of Metropolitan Authorities has condemned government plans to make each council publish truancy league tables.
Graham Lane, chair of the AMA education committee has told Education Secretary John Patten that his present plans are not worth the paper they are written on.
The plan distinguishes between authorised and unauthorised absences and codifies a range of different reasons for pupils' non-attendance.
The quality of the data is poor because it is difficult to collect, easy for schools to make mistakes and too easy to manipulate the results, said Mr Lane.
He calls on the government to confine itself to reporting how many pupils attend lessons, which would not distinguish between pupils off sick and those truanting but would still encourage schools to get as many students in school as possible, said Mr Lane.