Information in the menus below was updated in February 2020. To contribute information that may be of interest to others in your country, please contact your country’s host: Malin Gren Landell (Malin (@)  

Current and upcoming activities and achievements

  • 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. What can national and international comparative statistics contribute to our understanding of SAP among adolescents in Sweden, the UK, Germany and Japan? What can we understand about SAP and its prevention from the perspective of professionals working with student health in these countries? How can we understand the situation of individuals who belong to certain risk groups and the adolescents’ perspectives on schooling and (lack of) social support in these countries? Contact Susanne Kreitz-Sanberg
  • Ifous (innovation, forskning och utveckling i skola och förskola) is an independent research institute with the aim to reduce the gap between research and practice by coordinating research and development programs to connect researchers, school leaders and practitioners enabling them to take an active part in knowledge building. During January to May 2020, Ifous are organizing a seminar series. The seminars are open for practitioners to gain knowledge about a theme and the opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss with other practitioners in Stockholm County. The seminar series is open to anyone who works with or is responsible for issues related to school attendance and school absenteeism. All seminars are held in Swedish. For more information click here. Contact Andreas Jacobsson
    • 17 mars, 13.00 –16.00: Laws and privacy - How to ensure good collaboration between social services and schools.A key to promoting school attendance is the collaboration between school and social services. Sometimes, legislation and privacy regulations can be perceived as complicated and therefore delay or hinder collaboration But how can we use legislations and privacy regulations as possibilities for collaboration? The seminar is led by Staffan Olsson, who has long experience in training staff in school, social services and child and adolescent psychiatry.
    • April 16, 9am - 12pm Children of parents with drug abuse and mental illness - How do we promote their school attendance? Through early intervention, school absenteeism can be prevented for many groups at risk, for example children of parents with drug abuse or mental illness. How do we best face, detect and help those children? During the seminar you will have the opportunity to discuss how to best discover, face and talk with the children before school attendance becomes a problem. The seminar is led by Hanna Anderstedt, who is a social worker, psychotherapist and project manager at the National Competence Center for relatives (Nka).
    • May 26, 1 pm - 4 pm: How to assess and detect reasons for school absenteeism.With the help of the right questions and response, the cause of problematic school absenteeism can be identified and early customized interventions could be put in place. But how do we find the root of the problem? During the seminar a new practical guide is presented that can be used to get a good and structured assessment of why a child or youth is absent. The seminar is led by lead psychologist, PhD Malin Gren Landell.
  • Research project on translating three different international instruments on school absenteeism into Swedish: SRAS, ISAP and SNACK. Contact: Johan Strömbeck, Master in Psychology, PhD candidate. 
  • 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. 
  • National investigation of prevalence of school absenteeism. During the year of 2020 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • #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

Helpful links and other resources

  • Dropout/secondary school level
    • PlugInnovation National platform for information on various projects on preventing dropout.
    • Temagruppen unga i arbetslivet (2013) 10 orsaker till avhopp - A national report on what students report as causes to early school leaving.
    • GRdropout (2014) – Report from a project financed by the European Social Fund. It describes statistics and studies on the effect of dropout, regional efforts and needs in the area, research studies and reports on the issue and experiences from the project.
    • Region Dalarna (2018) Plugga klart - Report on a project on the prevention of dropout in a region of Sweden.  
    • Skolinspektionen (2015) Kvalitetsgranskning förebygga studieavbrott – A national report on Swedish schools’ work to prevent dropout from secondary school.

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