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Communicating high expectations of attendance

Schools that have achieved improved attendance promote the importance of regular school attendance to students, parents, staff and other members of the school community at every opportunity.

Explaining the correlation between attendance and achievement is particularly powerful in helping students and parents to understand the importance of consistent attendance.

Discussing attendance expectations with students and parents is especially important when a student first enrols at a school. The Prep year and the move from primary to high school are crucial transitions during which attendance patterns are established for the future.

Schools can also engage the wider community to help with student attendance.

Some ideas which may assist schools to communication high expectations of attendance are listed below. These ideas have been collected from Queensland schools, nationally, and internationally. Schools will need to consider local circumstances, priorities, age of students etc in determining which (if any) of these ideas might be useful in the local context.

More information on communicating high expectations of attendance Microsoft® Word document859K.

Useful links

Every day counts fact sheet for parents

Every day counts brochures

Every day counts posters for schools, parents, caregivers and the community

School Attendance Policy template Microsoft® Word document

Sample letter to local organisations regarding school attendance Microsoft® Word document

Research on attendance

Parent Information Sheet Number 3: Get set for Prep - Getting your child set for Prep Adobe PDF document

Parent information sheet: Preparing your child for high school

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This page was last reviewed on 06 Sep 2013 at 02:40PM

Related links

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Managing Student Absences and Enforcing Enrolment and Attendance at State Schools

Learning and Wellbeing Framework

Parent and Community Engagement Framework

Student attendance profile

Vignette resources

Attendance routines from prep

Attendance: it all adds up

Attending every day

Every day counts

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