In the past, we’ve certainly mentioned the total waste of time and money over the past few years on truancy sweeps. As truancy figures continue to climb,new DfES guidance on sweeps contains the following:
Truancy sweeps can provide an opportunity to promote the importance of regular school attendance and can act as an effective preventative measure. They provide an opportunity to demonstrate that those involved in sweeps are taking action to reduce truancy
Given that there’s no evidence for the first two assertions, it’s understandable that they qualify them with the word ‘can’. (As in:‘This product can improve the appearance of wrinkles’.) As for that last sentence, roughly translated, it means: “well at least it looks as if we’re doing something”.