Statement of StrategySt. Patrick’s National School, Drumkeen
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Topic Page No
Rationale
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Rewarding of Pupils with Good Attendance
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Strategies for Improving Attendance
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Keeping Records of Absences
Rewards
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Identification of Students who are at Risk of Developing
School Attendance Problems
Establishment of Closer Contacts between the School and
Home
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Fostering Contacts
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Encouraging Full Participation of Students in the Life of
the School
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Identification of Aspects and Strategies:
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Statement of Strategy St. Patrick’s National School, Drumkeen
RATIONALE:
This statement was prepared in consultation with the staff, parents, Board of
Management and Educational Welfare Officer in order to highlight the strategies
and measures in place in St. Patrick’s NS to foster an appreciation of learning
among pupils and encourage regular attendance at school. It was updated in
2016/17.
REWARDING OF STUDENTS WITH GOOD ATTENDANCE:
Targeting good attendance is part of our school action plan. Students with good
attendance may be rewarded in the following ways:
✓ Presenting certificates to pupils who have improved & full attendance during
termly Assembly.
✓ Presenting certificates to pupils who have almost full attendance at the end
of each term and who have produced notes of absence for time missed.
✓ Presenting homework passes to pupils who have improved and full
attendance during termly Assembly.
STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING ATTENDANCE:
The following strategies will be employed to improve attendance:
✓ The school curriculum, insofar as is practicable, will be flexible and relevant
to the needs of the individual child.
✓ St. Patrick’s NS will promote the development of good self-esteem and self
worth in its pupils (see Code of Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy).
✓ Support will be provided for pupils who have special educational needs in
accordance with DES guidelines.
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✓ Attendance rates of pupils will be monitored by the class teacher in the first
instance and the class teacher will consult with the Deputy Principal of any
concerns regarding the attendance of any pupil.
✓ The school will use regular newsletters, school assemblies and web texts to
promote attendance and punctuality.
✓ Parents will be made aware of the necessity to provide the school with an
explanation for days missed by completion of the attendance record at the
back of their child’s homework diary (1 st – 6 th Classes) or a letter of
explanation (Junior & Senior Infants). This will be done regularly in school
newsletters.
KEEPING RECORDS OF ABSENCES:
✓ Teachers input all information received on a child’s absenteeism into
Aladdin.
✓ Where concerns arise, the Deputy Principal brings the concern to the
attention of the principal and any child that has missed 10 unexplained days
will be forwarded a letter of notification of the number of days their child
has been absent for and a reminder of the school’s obligation to report
absenteeism of 20 days or more to Child & Family Agency (TUSLA). A
phone call will be made to parents/guardians when a child has been absent
for 15 unexplained days.
✓ The Principal/Deputy Principal will inform the Child & Family Agency:
▪ When a pupil has been missing for twenty or more days, during
the school year.
▪ When a pupil has been suspended from school more than once
under the Code of Behaviour.
✓ The principal and Deputy Principal 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.
✓ The class teacher will keep a daily record of attendance in Aladdin.
✓ Attendance figures are monitored weekly by the Deputy Principal on
Aladdin as part of the Local School Completion programme.
✓ The Principal will promote the importance of good school attendance among
pupils, parents and staff.
REWARDS:
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✓ The School Completion Programme operates to target pupils who are
considered to be at risk of early school leaving.
✓ Evidence of non-attendance is a factor in including pupils in the various
activities; football, art, peered reading, yoga, swimming, Bounce …etc.
✓ Extra-curricular activities, such as Gaelic football, soccer and choir will be
encouraged for all pupils, specifically those at risk of non-attendance.
IDENTIFICATION OF STUDENTS WHO ARE AT RISK OF DEVELOPING
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE PROBLEMS:
The following strategies may be employed to identify students at risk of
developing school attendance problems:
✓ On transfer to St. Patrick’s National School , attendance records will be
sought from previous schools on pupil attendance.
✓ Class teachers will inform the Deputy Principal / Principal of any concerns
s/he may have regarding the attendance of any pupil.
✓ Contact will be made with parents of children with a previous record of high
absenteeism on the first day missed in the new school year to reinforce the
school’s policy on attendance and maintain an open and positive relationship
with parents.
✓ Contact may be sought with various agencies who are involved with such
students.
ESTABLISHMENT OF CLOSER CONTACTS BETWEEN THE SCHOOL
AND HOME:
Closer home/school relations will be fostered through:
✓ Regular newsletters to families.
✓ Web Texts to families
✓ Updates/Important information available on school Facebook page/school
website.
✓ Attendance at meetings (Parent/Teacher, etc.)
✓ Parent Courses.
✓ Attendance at school events (eg Concerts, Masses, etc).
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✓ Attendance at Sports Day.
✓ A Parents’ Association was set up 2017.
✓ Involvement in Paired Reading, Maths for Fun, etc.
✓ Availability of Principal/Deputy Principal, through appointment, if parents
have concerns about absence or other related school matters.
FOSTERING CONTACTS:
Contact with the following bodies will be fostered and developed to promote the
good attendance of students in St. Patrick’s National School :
✓ TUSLA (Child & Family Agency).
✓ Other schools in the vicinity.
✓ School Completion Programme.
✓ NEPS.
✓ Local GAA clubs, soccer clubs, etc.
✓ Community Gardaí.
✓ Donegal County Council community services.
ENCOURAGING FULL PARTICIPATION OF STUDENTS IN THE LIFE OF
THE SCHOOL:
Insofar as is practicable, programmes will be developed with the bodies mentioned
above which will encourage the full participation with students in the life of the
school. Examples of these are:
✓ Attendance incentive certificate awards.
✓ Dance Classes/Meditation/ Sports Coaching
✓ Counselling (Rainbows, behavioural, bereavement, etc).
✓ Summer project programmes e.g.: Cul Camps free places etc.
IDENTIFICATION OF ASPECTS AND STRATEGIES:
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The Board of Management, teachers and whole school community will be mindful
always of:
✓ The identification of strategies for the removal of those aspects in so far as
they are not necessary or expedient for the proper and effective running of
the school having regard, in particular, to the educational needs of students.
✓ A Classroom Support Plan will identify any pupil that has any behaviour or
educational needs.
✓ The identification of strategies that will encourage more regular attendance
at school on the part of such students.
✓ The need to review this strategy into the future to accommodate the
changing needs of the school and of its population.

 

Signed:_______________________ Signed: ______________________
(Chairperson of the B.O.M) (Principal)
Date:__________________
REVIEW
The policy will be reviewed on a regular basis.
Date of next review: ______________________________
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