Programme

To improve systems and tools we need to share information on how it is worked on at different levels, what is reported or experienced as effective to solve or reduce the problem, how we can learn from each other, where we are now, and where are we going. The aim of the conference is to raise awareness on school absenteeism from different perspectives, and to promote prevention and hope for the future.

The conference addresses students, parents, teachers, school leaders, educational staffs, student welfare workers, school nurses, the educational psychological services, researchers, and policymakers.

23rd of May 2022

  • Maria Sandhaug

    PhD, Senior Adviser, Project Manager, Department of Research and Development, Statped, Norway

    Presenter/Compère, for the 3rd Nordic Conference on School Absenteeism. 

     

  • A summary of a Nordic partnership on improving existing systems and recommending initiatives targeted at students with problematic school absenteeism.

  • Many students with ADHD, Tourette and/or autism are at risk of developing school non-attendance. The reasons are often many and complicated. In this film we will hear the stories of four students - told by themselves in their own words.

  • How can we know how many pupils have problematic school absenteeism? What about the amount of learning difficulties or how many pupils’ are struggling with their wellbeing? 

    In order to reach high quality education we need a deep overall view of pupils’ wellbeing in schools. We need to have accurate and up to date information about school engagement, pupils’ wellbeing and learning on all levels from individuals, schools and municipalities. We think that information is the key to be able to support pupils and schools as early on as possible. 

    Juha-Pekka Lehmus

    Head of sevices for children and young people, Municipality of Lohja,  Finland

    Niina-Kaisa Perälä

    Project Manager, Project KouluKunnossa, Municipality of Lohja, Finland

  • Despite low unemployment rates and a high level of participation in further education, many young adults are still not in work or activity. Norway steps up the investigation to find out who they are, the reasons for being excluded from the labour market and what we believe must be a good way forward – both short term and long term.

    Ulf Andersen

    Head of Statistics, The Norwegian Labour, and Welfare Administration (NAV), Norway

  • National data about the presence of school absenteeism is not regularly collected in Sweden. While previous surveys have looked at the presence of unauthorised school abseenteeism, this talk will present the results of our recent survey mapping authorised and unauthorised absenteeism in Swedish schools. It will also discuss some of the methodological challenges collecting and comparing this kind of data at a national level.

    Linda Ahlgren

    Linda is a researcher at the National Agency of Education, Sweden

  • Promoting school engagement and preventing school attendance problems are the priorities in the Engaging School Community Work (SKY) -program which has been launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. The essential goal of the program is to produce a national model for tackling SAP. The model will be prepared on the basis of local pilots and enhancement-led evaluation by the end of 2023.

    Johanna Sergejeff

    ministerial advisor, Ministry of Education in Finland, Finland

  • In this presentation, the results from a qualitative study focusing on the communicative relations between parents to children with excessive school absence and school staff (teachers, educational and school leaders, pedagogues and educational psychologists) will be outlined. The results show when trying to cooperate in remedying school absence, the context for the parents and the school staff is very different and this has consequences for the qualitive of the communicative relations.

    Klaus Nielsen

    Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark

  • School attendance problems has been a challenge for many years now. We need to increase the knowledge on what promotes attendance and the need to focus on all different reasons for absenteeism as well as evaluating the given support. The use of attendance data offers a rich opportunity for schools, school leaders and politicians to find ways for changing the agenda and the future for all kids.

    Malin Gren-Landell

    Med dr, psychologist, psychotherapist, Sweden

  • Linda Ahlgren

    Linda is a researcher at the National Agency of Education, Sweden

    Ulf Andersen

    Head of Statistics, The Norwegian Labour, and Welfare Administration (NAV), Norway

    Johanna Sergejeff

    ministerial advisor, Ministry of Education in Finland, Finland

    Klaus Nielsen

    Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark

    Juha-Pekka Lehmus

    Head of sevices for children and young people, Municipality of Lohja,  Finland

    Niina-Kaisa Perälä

    Project Manager, Project KouluKunnossa, Municipality of Lohja, Finland

    Hedda Gjesti Tjäder

    Senior Adviser, Dept. of Complex Learning Disabilities, Statped, Norway

    Maria Sandhaug

    PhD, Senior Adviser, Project Manager, Department of Research and Development, Statped, Norway

    Presenter/Compère, for the 3rd Nordic Conference on School Absenteeism.