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Research into school attendance

Read the research on student attendance and reduce the risk of absenteeism and truancy by putting strategies and approaches into practice.

Research into success of strategies

Schools that have successfully improved attendance use a range of strategies and tailor these to suit the needs of the local community. Their approaches have included:

In 2016-17, the department commissioned The University of Queensland to conduct research into the effectiveness of strategies to improve student attendance in Queensland state schools. The research involved data analysis, principal interviews from 50 selected schools with improved attendance, and case studies. The report proposed a model for addressing attendance issues which schools should consider when implementing attendance strategies. This model consists of:

View the full report Making Every Day Count: Effective strategies to improve student attendance in Queensland state schools.

Research on student attendance

Research shows that poor school attendance is associated with:

For further research on student attendance, refer to Performance Insights: School Attendance Adobe PDF document.

Research into strategies for improving student attendance

Strategies to increase student attendance include:

Examples include:

A background paper by the department presents the results from a 2015 survey of state school leaders on their attendance strategies and perceived effectiveness. Findings from the survey have helped inform further work by the department to promote increased student attendance. The full paper, summary and supporting information can be accessed below.

Performance Insights: School Attendance Strategies

Survey Report Microsoft® Word document2.1M
Appendices Microsoft® Word document411K
Infographic Adobe PDF document 47K
Summary Microsoft® Word document806K
Presentation Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations9.5M

More information

Ideas and practical strategies for improving attendance

Statistics on student attendance

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This page was last reviewed on 19 Jul 2018

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