As attendance is intrinsic to educational opportunity, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) policy is that all students enrolled in government schools must attend on a full-time basis unless absent with the authority of the school. We acknowledge that attendance depends on active cooperation between the school, parents/caregivers and the student.
Research into school attendance has identified factors that facilitate effectiveness in this area and we aim to provide:
- a supportive school environment
- a curriculum that provides for all students
- structures and approaches that facilitate the success of all students
- effective record keeping
- prompt follow-up of absences
- close liaison with parents/caregivers
- guidance and support for those with attendance problems
- a cooperative community/interagency approach to the area
Attending school every school day for the whole day enables students to participate in the school’s educational program as well as develop their social skills. Regular attendance enables the school to:
- plan an organised educational program that is delivered in a consistent way and has continuity
- facilitate shared student learning experiences that support the educational program
- monitor student progress and adjust the educational program to meet student needs.