Every Day Counts is a statewide initiative that aims to assist in improving student attendance at school. It is designed to change parent, community and student attitudes and foster a shared commitment to improving school attendance.
Every Day Counts promotes four key messages:
Research shows that higher rates of attendance at school are related to higher achievement.
Attendance problems are best managed by early identification and intervention.
It is recommended that schools consider adopting a five-step approach to addressing student absenteeism :
Schools may find the following tools useful in planning and documenting their approach to improving attendance: Attendance Policy 850k template, Attendance Planning Tool 254k template, Student Attendance Profile 29k template and sample letter 30k from a school principal to local businesses/community agencies/service organisations.
There is no quick and simple solution, nor a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to improving school attendance. However, partnerships between schools, parents and the local community can assist in reducing absenteeism and making every day count at school.
The brochure Every Day Counts will help parents and caregivers to understand their responsibilities in relation to school attendance. There is a specific version for use by schools in Indigenous communities. Schools may include this brochure in their enrolment packages or to send to parents and caregivers when there is a pattern of student absenteeism.
Parents and caregivers may also find the downloadable fact sheets on regular school attendance useful. They provide answers to common questions that parents and carers may have as well as highlighting the importance of attending school and providing strategies for parents to encourage their child to go to school.
Posters and Postcards with the key message that all children should go to school all day, every day can also be downloaded.
This page was last reviewed on 05 Oct 2012