Young people who eat with their parents regularly are less likely to be truants. This is what a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) suggests.
More than Being Poor or Rich
The study warns of the serious impact of missing lessons to examination results, but it shows that a positive engagement with family or school can be a bigger factor than being poor or rich in whether children miss lessons.
Eighteen percent of teenagers played truant across developed countries, with Latvia being the highest and Japan the lowest.
Worse in the UK
The UK is above average for missing school days and below average for playing truant from individual lessons. The report shows truancy is worse in the UK than high performing education systems in Shanghai and South Korea.
The data about truancy was gathered together with the international Pisa tests for 15-year-olds. It shows the negative effects of missing lessons.