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​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

Schools may find the following tools useful in planning and documenting their approach to improving attendance.

Recognising signs of potential school absenteeism

Early warning signs of school absenteeism

Student attendance model

A model to making every day count fact sheet outlines a 3-part model aimed to improve student attendance. More details for each part of the model is provided below.

Part 1: Develop common terminology

Common terminology and definitionsaccessible version

Part 2: Develop a comprehensive approach

Step 1: Develop a positive school culture

Step 2: Communicate high expectations of attendance

Step 3: Record and follow-up student absences

Step 4: Monitor student non-attendance

Step 5: Provide intervention and support

Part 3: Make every day in the classroom count

State schools improvement strategy

Communicating and planning attendance strategies

Making every day count: PowerPoint presentation for school staff

Making every day count: Successful attendance strategiesaccessible version

Making every day count: Actionable playbook

Case studies

Communication with parents and the community

Engaging the community

Fact sheets to give to parents

Video resources to show at parent information sessions/evenings

Research

School attendance research

Posters

Version 1

Version 2

Related information

Further information and support materials for parents are available on the ​resources for parents page.​


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Last updated 05 October 2021