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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Four university experts use Artificial Intelligence to discover that children don't like going to school on Mondays in Milton Keynes | Education - Milton Keynes Citizen

Experts from a university's Institute of AI analysed an MK primary school to identify patterns in children who were frequently absent, according to Sally Murrer, Senior reporter, Milton Keynes Citizen (part time).

Mondays is the worst day for absences
The researchers at De Montfort University Leicester studied attendance data using AI models.

And they say artificial intelligence is the way forward to improve pupil attendance at all schools.

The experts found Monday morning was the most common time for absenteeism at the school, with potential reasons including separation anxiety, taking extended weekend breaks and a lack of motivation to attend school after time off...

Dr Moodley said: “By using AI, we were able to pinpoint the problem areas for attendance at Willen Primary School, which in this case was Monday mornings.

“One of the key changes we wanted to make was to increase the incentives on offer for pupils who have a 100 per cent attendance record over a shorter time frame. Schools typically tend to reward children on an ‘all or nothing’ basis by only recognising pupils who have full attendance for the entire year...

For more information about the Institute of AI at De Montfort University visit here 

Source: Milton Keynes Citizen