Sunday 22 October 2017

Fall in school absences

More children are turning up for school every day than during the Celtic Tiger years, figures show.

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) monitors school attendance nationally and shows positive trends for school attendance covering 2010-2011.

It shows an improvement from 2009-2010 and previous years. The number of school days being missed is at the lowest for the five-year period from 2006 to 2011.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said that while every "incremental improvement represents real progress, the number of children who miss school each day remains a significant cause for concern".

He added: "The report highlights the need for sustained and focused approaches to supporting student attendance, especially within particular groups in society. The improvements demonstrate the positive impact of investment programmes and the collaborative efforts of schools, parents, statutory and support services."

The service worked with 20,000 children in 2012. New guidelines on the development of attendance strategies are also being drawn up by the end of this school year.

Irish Independent

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