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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

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.

Background

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:

Performance Insights: School Attendance
Full paper Adobe PDF document804K
Full paper Microsoft® Word document1.9M
Summary Microsoft® Word document574K
Presentation Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations952K

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:

Performance Insights: School Attendance Strategies
Survey Report Microsoft® Word document2.1M
Appendices Microsoft® Word document411K
Infographic Adobe PDF document 47K
Summary Microsoft® Word document806K
Presentation Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations9.5M

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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. Look out for more fun materials on why Every day counts. We'll keep you posted.

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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