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Truancy truth

Your article on truancy ("Absent without leave", TES Magazine, April 16) barely dipped a toe into the reasons for absence - what little context there was focused on the problem of lack of vocational learning.

It ignored the elephant in the room: school phobia and bullying, which affects more and more pupils right across the social spectrum and inevitably leads to persistent truancy.

Mark Cordell, Saltburn, Cleveland.

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