Tuesday, 29 May 2012

NEWB National Consultation on the Development of Guidelines for School Attendance Strategies

Reminder – Questionnaire will close 31.5.2012
Apologies if you have already completed this
National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB):
Development of Guidelines for School Attendance Strategies
National Consultation – Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
Dear Parent
We are acutely aware that absenteeism is one of the strongest factors associated with early school leaving. The strength of the link between missing school, underachievement and early school leaving is confirmed in several research studies. We know that even while still in school students who miss large amounts of school time can experience social and emotional costs through alienation from peers and staff. We also know that children who leave school early tend not to re-engage with education and therefore remain at a disadvantage throughout their lives.
The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) has a key role in supporting schools to adopt a range of strategies to maximise student attendance, participation and retention. Under Section 22 of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, schools are obliged “to prepare and submit to the Board a statement of the strategies and measures it proposes to adopt for the purposes of fostering an appreciation of learning among students attending that school and encouraging regular attendance at school on the part of such students”.

The resulting Statement of Strategy forms an integral part of each school plan.  The act charges the NEWB with issuing Guidelines to Boards of Management of recognised schools to assist them in complying with their statutory obligations. NEWB is currently fully engaged in this work which we envisage will be in place for the new academic year 2012-2013.

We recognise that the involvement of parents/guardians is critical to the development of robust Guidelines and therefore invite views from you on matters relating to attendance.

This consultation
An on-line questionnaire has been developed which seeks to gather your views on the following key areas:

Interventions which are working well in the promotion of good attendance;
Interventions which are working well to address non-attendance; and

How schools should communicate with parents and pupils about their attendance approach/policy.

Press Crtl + click to follow this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7KRCZCW to complete the on-line questionnaire
The questionnaire should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The closing date for responses is Friday 25th May 2012.

What will happen to your Views?
The response to the consultation questionnaire will be analysed independently on behalf of NEWB by RSM McClure Watters. A summary report will be provided in due course on www.newb.ie

Further information
I am confident that you value the opportunity to contribute to the Guidelines which will ultimately result in a resource to assist all schools in the critical area of school attendance.
Sincere thanks in advance for your time and support. We look forward to receiving your valued contribution.  
Clare Ryan
NEWB, Chief Executive Officer