The BBC is reporting that a school in Northern Ireland have recorded a significant drop in pupil absences after introducing free school trips.
Botanic Primary introduced a range of measures to improve its attendance rate, which was one of the worst in Belfast.
In 2009, the attendance rate at the 220 pupil school was under 85%. This meant pupils on average missed school for one and a half out of every 10 days.
By 2015, their attendance rate had risen nearly 10% to 94%. The school also introduced rewards for good attendance.
These included a free school trip for children who attended school on at least 95% of days over the course of a term. The trips, to locations like the cinema or adventure centres, cost the school about £500 each.
However, they have been very successful. Fewer than one-third of the pupils were eligible for the first trip, but that has now risen to almost two-thirds of children.
Do you think that this is a cost-effective solution to increase attendance amongst students? Will it improve attendance for the long-term or is this merely a short-term solution? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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