THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD ATTENDANCE: ‘Every School Day Counts’
Good attendance is very important.
- It is important for learning. If a child misses school regularly there will be significant gaps in what they learn.
- Good attendance is also a significant factor in a child’s social development in class. A child who is in school regularly will find it easier to make friends and sustain friendships.
We understand that sometimes children are unwell and cannot come to school however The National Educational Welfare Bureau asks schools to submit the names of any child who misses 20 days or more.
On average school is open 5 days a week, 20 days a month. Children learn a great deal in a month !
- If a child was to miss 20 days each year he/she would miss 160 days over his/her 8 year primary school career. 160 days equals 32 working weeks or 8 months. This would amount to almost a full school year absent out of the 8 years at primary school.
- Missing 10 days per year is equivalent to missing 80 days or 16 weeks/4 months (i.e. double the length of the Summer holidays) over the 8 years of primary school.
- Taking even a week off in June each year to go on holiday takes 2 months off a child’s attendance over 8 years.
Teachers planning for the school year, have lessons planned and targets to achieve for their students for June. There are many extra activities that teachers traditionally plan for June. Sports Day for example. These events create a great feeling of community. Children going on holidays during June or any time during the year are missing out.
Tusla are running an initiative to encourage good attendance during the month of November this year.