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You are here Three Year Plan 2013 - 2016 Attendance Year 2 (2014-2015)

Attendance Plan & Review of Actions Taken during 2014/2015 :
Number of pupils missing 20 days or more for 2013/2014: 87 The number of pupils missing 20 days or more for 2014/2015: 69 - this was very successful with a reduction of 20.6% in one year.
Overall attendance was slightly up on the previous year with an attendance percentage of 91.3%. Only a modest improvement was achieved due to a significant number of families being absent during the month of June.
Measure
Target Group
Lead Responsibility
When?
Outcome(s) Achieved
Appointment of an Attendance Monitor to track absences and to liaise with parents & HSCL
87 (all missed more than 20 days previous year)
Attendance Monitor
All Year
Number of pupils missing 20 days or more for 2013/2014: 87 The number of pupils missing 20 days or more for 2014/2015: 69 - this was very successful with a reduction of 20.6% in one year
Contacting parents of absent pupils by phone on day of absence if school not informed of reason for absence.
Pupils absent without reason
Attendance Monitor
At 11.30am daily from Monday 29th September
Attendance levels for 2013/2014: 90.5% and the attendance levels for 2014/2015: 91.3% - moderate success with an increase of 0.8% (However attendance levels were up for seven months and were only dragged back down due to the significant number of Traveller families leaving for the month of June & Polish families who went home for First Communion and only returned in September
Incremental stages in contacting parents: Absence @ 5 days - case discussed at Care Team Meeting. Absence @ 10 days - class teacher writes to parents asking them to make appointment to discuss attendance & progress. Absence @ 15 days - visit from HSCL. Absence @ 20 days parents written to by principal & NEWB informed
All pupils absent (other than through illness)
Class Teachers, HSCL, Principal, Secretary, School Completion Co-Ordinator
All Year
Parents were more aware of attendance as they contacted the school far more often to explain absences
Parents must sign pupil out if pupil leaves school early. Record maintained in office and recorded on Aladdin.
All Pupils who leave school early
Secretary & HSCL
All Year
This did initially reduce the numbers leaving school for reasons which were not valid such as shopping for wedding clothes etc. Pupils who left for dental/speech therapy etc appointments returned to school afterwards.
Homework Club - Eliminate the reason that children don't want to come to school as their homework is not completed.
Target Pupils
HSCL
September - end of May
Very few instances of children refusing to come to school in the mornings because of homework issues
Variety of Projects During School Hours to encourage attendance: music lessons, percussion workshops, trip to theatre, gymnastics, sports, singing workshops, science workshops etc
Target Pupils in particular but also all pupils
Teachers, HSCL & Principal as appropriate
All Year
Worked very well as parents and children regularly asked "What's on tomorrow" - children reported that they "Couldn't wait" for such & such event in the school
Variety of After School Clubs designed to encourage attendance: Chess Club, Gaeilge Club, Scratch Computer Club, Debating Club, Club Francais, Draughts Club for Senior Infants etc
Target Pupils in particular but also all pupils
Teachers who have volunteered to run After School Clubs
All Year
Attendance in after school clubs was very significant e.g. 70 children stayed back after school to play chess on Fridays!
Sports Activities during school break times to encourage attendance in the senior classes: Volleyball League, Soccer League etc
Target Pupils in particular but also all pupils
Principal
All Year
Fewer of our senior target pupils missed days when they were involved in sports activities during lunch breaks - this did not continue when their team may have been knocked out in the latter stages of competitions such as the Soccer League
Sports Activities After School as Extra Curricular Activities to encourage attendance (Rule: if pupil does not attend for full day s/he cannot play in football, hurling, camogie, soccer etc competitions after school)
Target Pupils in particular but also all pupils
Volunteer Teachers
All Year
Worked well early in the competitions but when teams were knocked out of inter-school competitions the attendance levels of many Traveller boys dropped
Breakfast Club - Reduce the numbers of children who arrive late for school as they have to get their own breakfast or who miss breakfast altogether.
Target Pupils
HSCL
All Year
Numbers arriving late were reduced significantly with the worst offenders always on time when in Breakfast Club.
Friday Activities to encourage attendance on the last day of the week: Chess Club (after school), Pupil of the Week, Swimming, GAA Coaching, Soccer Coaching, Tag Rugby etc
Target Pupils in particular but also all pupils
Volunteer Teachers, HSCL, Coaches from various clubs, chess coach
All Year
Worked very well for all but the month of June when Traveller families left to travel around Ireland. Many of these families only returned to school in the second week of September.
Pupils who arrive late are tracked and HSCL will visit the families
Target pupils who frequently arrive late
HSCL
All Year
Numbers arriving late were reduced significantly with the worst offenders always on time when in Breakfast Club.
Note: All in all the improvement in attendance is worthy of note and in particular the substantial reduction in the numbers of pupils who missed more than 20 days. The school thanks all who worked to achieve this success.