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School absenteeism and student attendance

School absenteeism and student attendance is a complex issue which includes a range of student behaviours including school refusal and truancy.

Parents, caregivers and schools can access strategies to improve student attendance through the Every day counts resources.

Every day counts is a state wide initiative that aims to assist in improving student attendance at school through a shared commitment by students, parents, caregivers, schools and the community.

To do this, Every day counts promotes four key messages:

Video resources (also available on DET TV)

Every day counts videos have been produced to highlight the importance of 100 per cent school attendance. Presenting the videos at school events such as parent-teacher interview sessions, parent information nights and parent and citizens meetings will support teachers and principals to reinforce the Every day counts message.

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This page was last reviewed on 19 Jul 2018

Check out the latest animation on the importance of turning up to school every day. It features the voice of rugby league player Sam Thaiday, along with some of your other favourite footy players. There are more fun, useful materials on the Every day counts website for students.

Related links

Managing Student Absences and Enforcing Enrolment and Attendance at State Schools

Roll Marking in State Schools

Video resources (also available on DET TV)

Attendance routines from prep

Attendance: it all adds up

Attending every day

Every day counts

Every Day Counts: Johnathon Thurston Campaign

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