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New attendance strategy

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The State Government has today released an attendance strategy (PDF 231KB) designed to ensure the state’s 168,000 public school students achieve the best possible education.

To support the strategy an additional 11 attendance and engagement social workers will be available to help schools work with students and their families, with this 50% increase bringing the total to 33.

The attendance strategy will guide the efforts of preschools and schools to engage children and young people to stay at school and emphasises the important connection between positive wellbeing and learning outcomes. It establishes the framework for a range of actions to:

  • promote the importance of education from the earliest years of life and throughout the schooling years
  • actively engage children, young people and their families in education and developmental opportunities

address barriers to attendance, learning and wellbeing to support children and young people be physically present and engaged in their learning.

Statistics about non-attendance include:

  • missing one day a week of school from Reception to Year 10 means missing two years and one term of schooling.
  • being half an hour late to school each day from reception to year 10 equals missing one year and one-and-a-half terms of schooling.
  • students who are frequently absent from school are over-represented in the juvenile justice system.

Since 2011, there has been an upward trend with attendance, which increased from 89.9% in 2011 to 90.7% in 2016 across the state.