Attending school vital for education
WHILE parents often defer to NAPLAN data and MySchool rankings as the best indicators of school and student success, other measures such as attendance rates also reveal important insights.
Under legislative requirements, all NSW schools must record student attendance daily just as all parents are legally obliged to ensure their child attends school.
This is because the simple act of showing up provides children with opportunities to develop skills, talents and knowledge.
The Education Council highlights enrolment and attendance as key performance measures. We also know that attendance levels, particularly in primary school, are a strong indicator of things to come in terms of academic, social and emotional goals.
Missing a week or a few days due to illness or family circumstances should not cause parents to panic but consistent absences disrupt the important foundations that early schooling lays, and secondary schooling builds upon. Missing one or two days a month can add up to almost a year of missed learning over the course of a student’s school life.
Attendance every day is a message that needs to be collectively reinforced to students by schools and parents. Regular attendance establishes positive patterns of behaviour and attitudes to education.
When schools have high rates of unexplained absences, it can impact on school culture and our expectations of all students achieving success. Secondly it can disturb the flow of teaching especially when teachers are required to bring those students up to speed.
The more students we have showing up at school each day, the more we are able to maximise their learning.