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Developing a positive school culture

Students are more likely to attend and achieve at school if they feel accepted, valued, respected and included. Research suggests that staff morale also has a significant impact on student attendance.

Schools should promote positive relationships between and amongst students, staff, and parents. Anti-bullying strategies and programs that develop social and emotional skills can help nurture a safe, caring and connected school environment.

Positive relationships with parents can also assist in supporting their children's attendance at school.

Attendance reward schemes are amongst a mix of strategies implemented by many schools that have achieved significant improvements in attendance. These programs can help in building a sense of community and creating a positive school environment that students want to be a part of.

Some ideas which may assist schools in developing a positive school culture 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.

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

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