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Providing intervention and support

Even with a supportive school environment, interesting learning opportunities, and clear attendance policy, there will be some students who require additional assistance or encouragement to attend school regularly.

School staff may need to work with these students and their families to help identify the reasons for poor attendance, promote the benefits of attending school, identify attendance and achievement goals, and develop a realistic plan for improving attendance.

Frequent unexplained absences from school may indicate that a student or their family has other issues which need to be addressed before attendance will improve (e.g. access to uniforms, school shoes, or transport).

Where there is no reasonable excuse for the child's non-attendance, the department may refer parents to the Queensland Police Service for prosecution, in accordance with Managing Student Absences and Enforcing. However, prosecution is seen as a last resort and schools are encouraged to implement strategies to assist parents and students with attendance issues prior to taking further action. Enrolment and Attendance at State Schools

Some ideas which may assist schools to provide intervention and support for student absences 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 providing intervention and support Microsoft® Word document854K.

Useful links

Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services External Link

Parent information sheet: Anxiety about going to school Adobe PDF document[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Parent information sheet: How can I get my teenager to go to school Adobe PDF document863K

Parent information sheet: Preparing your child for high school Adobe PDF document841K

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This page was last reviewed on 06 Sep 2013 at 02:41PM

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Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services

Managing Student Absences and Enforcing Enrolment and Attendance at State Schools

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