Scoil Mhuire,



Scoil Mhuire,


 Statement of Strategy for School Attendance


Name of school

Scoil Mhuire


Ballyhooly, Co. Cork.

Roll Number


School Background

Scoil Mhuire is a mixed school.  The current enrolment is 175 (2017 / 2018 school year). In general attendance is not an issue but we would identify punctuality as a problem. 

The school’s vision and values in relation to attendance

Scoil Mhuire, Ballyhooly, recognises that regular attendance is an essential factor in all pupils learning and wishes to foster an appreciation of learning among pupils and so encourage regular attendance at school.

The school’s high expectations around attendance

Scoil Mhuire expects all students to arrive on time and to engage fully in the curriculum.

How attendance will be monitored

Student attendance will be monitored through the student attendance data management system (Aladdin).

·    Target setting and targets





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· Promoting good attendance


· Responding to poor attendance

Create a positive school culture

Communicate high expectations

Monitor and follow up absences

Provide intervention and support

Rewards incentives and other target activities

 Create a positive school culture

Create an environment that is safe, inclusive and caring of all members of the school community.

Get to know your pupils, positive relationships with teachers are a significant factor in pupil engagement.

Set high expectations for punctuality and attendance in the classroom.

Develop an approach to student management that is positive, restorative, respectful and consistent.

Build a positive relationship with parents to assist in improving student attendance.

Create a culture that models and values punctuality

The school curriculum, insofar as is practicable, will be flexible and relevant to the needs of the individual child.

·Scoil Mhuire will promote development of good self-esteem and self-worth in its pupils (see Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy).   

·Support for pupils who have special educational needs in accordance with DES guidelines.

·Attendance rates of pupils will be monitored by the class teacher in the first instance and the class teacher will notify the Principal  / Vice Principal of any concerns regarding the attendance of any pupil.        

·The school will use regular newsletters and web texts to promote attendance and punctuality.

·Where concerns arise, the class teacher or secretary monitoring attendance brings the concern to the attention of the Principal / Vice Principal.      

·The Principal / Vice Principal may assess each case individually.

·The class teacher will encourage pupils to attend regularly and punctually.

·The class teacher will ensure that contact is made with parents/guardians in instances where absences are not explained. A standard note is used for this purpose.

·The class teacher will keep a daily record of attendance on Aladdin.

·Attendance figures are monitored daily by the secretary on Aladdin.

·The secretary will also bring details of continued absences and patterns of absences to the attention of the class teachers and the principal as necessary.

·The principal will promote the importance of good school attendance among pupils, parents and staff.

·Attendance will be featured as part of pre-Christmas and end of June school terms.

·The Principal will inform the NEWB when a pupil has been missing for twenty or more days during the course of the school year.        

Communicate high expectations

An Attendance Policy with clear and realistic targets has been developed and is available for viewing on the school website.  

Promote awareness that an absence results in quantifiable lost learning time and opportunities.

Communicate with parents about their obligation to inform schools, in a timely manner, about the reasons for a student absence.

Inform parents about the wellbeing support that is available to support students who are anxious about coming to school.

Communicate to parents that family holidays should be planned in term holidays not during the school term.

Emphasise to students and parents that teachers plan sequential lessons and that regular non-attendance can severely disrupt learning.

Encourage parents to be positive about school and to set up routines that support students to get to school on time.

Monitor and follow up absences

Use a student attendance data management system (e.g. Aladdin).

If a child misses 10 days parents will receive an automatic text from Aladdin / school. The same procedure is in place when a child has reached 20 days absent. 

Investigate trends in attendance across the week.  Inform the principal of any concerns he / she may have regarding the attendance of any pupil.  Establish contact with various agencies who are involved with the student / students.

Regularly discuss student attendance in staff meetings and in staff performance and development plans so that trends and students at risk can be identified. Reiterate to staff the importance of accurate roll marking.

Set attendance targets for the whole school.

Identify a key member of staff to lead attendance improvement strategies.

Follow up with parents who have not provided an explanation for a student absence.

Impress on teachers the need for accurate and prompt roll marking.

Frequently analyse lateness and attendance data to identify students who are at risk.

On transfer to Scoil Mhuire attendance records will be sought from previous school on pupil attendance.


Provide intervention and support

Intervene early if a student's attendance begins to deteriorate.

Offer support for parents if their child refuses to go to school.

Address barriers to attendance such as bullying and friendship issues.

Provide material aid to students who require stationery and/or textbooks.

Access specialist support by making appropriate referrals to NEPS or external allied health professionals and community agencies and organisations.

Work closely with families and agencies when families are suffering hardships or are in crisis to ensure that students are in school in an environment that is safe and orderly.

Organise a meeting with parents on how to address issues such as school refusal and separation anxiety problems.

Identify a mentor for students who are at risk and develop an Individual Education Plan.

Rewards incentives and other target activities

Maintain records of attendance and celebrate at the end of each term (class and whole school approach).

Acknowledge students who have almost full attendance at the end of the school year and who have produced notes of absence for time missed (class and whole school).                                      See outline targets of this Statement of Strategy for School Attendance.

See monitoring and follow up section of this


Statement of Strategy for School Attendance.

School roles in relation to attendance

Members of the school community will be actively involved in developing and reviewing the School Statement of Strategy.  The strategies will be communicated to all stakeholders.  All the members of the school community have their part to play in ensuring that every pupil can get the benefits of good engagement with learning through being in school every day. 

Principal :

Creates a school ethos and climate that is supportive of high levels of engagement and attendance. 

Leads the implementation and review of the School’s Attendance Strategy.

Provides opportunities for staff to engage actively with the development and monitoring of the School’s Attendance Strategy.

Initiates links with other schools and relevant bodies on school attendance issues. 

Teachers :

Provide a classroom climate and classroom management that support participation and engagement, especially with students who may be at risk of poor attendance.

Actively use the school’s Attendance Strategy to promote attendance.

Set high expectations for punctuality and attendance in their classrooms.

Agree punctuality and attendance standards with students as part of classroom rules.

Set example by their own punctuality.

Ensure attendance data are recorded accurately and reviewed in line with school procedures.

Alert relevant staff if there are concerns about student absences. 

Support students on return when they have missed periods of schooling.

Parents :

Set high standards for their child in relation to attendance and punctuality; ƒ

Engage with the school if there is a problem about their child’s attendance and support plans to address the problem; 

 Ensure that their child regularly attends and arrives at school on time; 

 Avoid taking their child out of class unless there is a serious reason; 

 Avoid taking their child on holidays during term time. 

Partnership arrangements (parents, students, other schools, youth and community groups)

Closer relations between the school and home will be fostered through.

·         The Vice Principal.

·         The Parents Association.

·         Attendance at meetings (Parent/Teacher,                etc).

·         Attendance at courses organised by the                school or significant others.

·         Attendance at school events (eg. Concerts,            Masses, etc).

·         Regular newsletters to families.

·         Open-door policy in the school. Parents are            welcome to meet with staff.         

How the Statement of Strategy will be monitored

All teachers will ensure that attendance is recorded daily on Aladdin and will Inform the principal / vice principal of any concerns he / she may have regarding the attendance of any pupil.

See also Monitor and Follow Up Absences on Statement of Strategy for School Attendance.

Review process and date for review

November / December 2018.

Date the Statement of Strategy was approved by the Board of Management


8th November 2017

Date the Statement of Strategy submitted to Tusla






Signed _______________________________________

                                Chairperson B.O.M.

                                Scoil Mhuire Ballyhooly




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