School absenteeism and student attendance is a complex issue which includes a range of student behaviours including school refusal and truancy.
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:
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.
A background paper Performance Insights: School Attendance has been developed to provide comprehensive information about trends and issues in student attendance in Queensland state schools. The full paper, a summary and a supporting presentation can be accessed below:
A further background paper presents the results from a 2015 survey of state school leaders on their attendance strategies and perceived effectiveness. Findings from the survey have helped inform further work by the department to promote increased student attendance. The full paper, summary and supporting information can be accessed below:
This page was last reviewed on 18 Apr 2016 at 10:36AM
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.