Socioeconomic Inequalities in School Attendance in Scotland: Research Brief

Markus Klein, Claire Goodfellow, Shadrach Dare, Edward Sosu

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School absenteeism is a pervasive problem in education worldwide and Scotland. Persistent absenteeism has a significant impact at both a societal and individual level. Frequently missing school is associated with poorer academic performance, a higher likelihood of school dropout, and a lower probability of going on to further or higher education. At a societal level, we can see a knock-on effect of associations between absenteeism and lower rates of employment; higher likelihood of delinquency; and increased contact with the criminal justice system, and imprisonment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020


  • socioeconomic inequality
  • school attendance
  • Scotland
  • school absences


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