Since the inception of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000 schools are obliged to report on school attendance.
Poor school attendance needs to be responded to early; otherwise, as research has shown, it can lead to poorer exam results, early school leaving (some children do not transfer from primary to post primary school each year), and poorer life chances for children.
Schools report individual student absences and expulsions by submitting Student Absence Reports twice each year. Schools also report the total number of days lost through absence by submitting an Annual Attendance Report (AAR) at the end of the academic year. Both Reports can be submitted online.
Student Absence Reports
Schools are required to submit Student Absence Reports twice each year on those students with serious attendance issues that have been identified during the current academic year i.e. students that have been absent from school for a cumulative total of twenty days or more falling within the following categories:
- Urgent Family Reason
Schools should not submit children with less than 20 days absence. Only children over the age of 6 years and children who have not reached the age of 16 years, or have not completed 3 years of post-primary education, whichever occurs later should be reported.
Annual Attendance Report (AAR)
Each recognised school in the State is obliged to submit a report to the Educational Welfare Services, Child and Family Agency, on the levels of attendance at the end of each academic year. Schools are required to provide the following data in the AAR:
- Total number of days lost through student absence in the entire school year.
- Total number of students who were absent for 20 days or more during the school year.
- Total number of students expelled in respect of whom all appeal processes have been exhausted or not availed of during the school year.
- Total number of students who were suspended for any number of days during the school year.
Reporting Student Absenteeism Documentation
You can submit reports for your school online.
Full details including a user guide can be found when you log on to the portal. Please ensure you read all of the information available on the portal before proceeding with your return.