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Preface

Student attendance is a key priority for the NSW Department of Education and Training. A focus on improving and maintaining high attendance rates reflects the findings of international research that demonstrates a strong correlation between student learning, attendance at school and improved life outcomes.

Regular attendance at school is fundamental to student learning. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve educational success, and increase their career and life options.

Student attendance has been identified as an important aspect of a student’s wellbeing and failure to receive an education has been identified as a risk of harm factor.

Poor patterns of attendance place students at risk of not achieving their educational, social and psychological potential and disadvantage them in the quality of choices they are able to make in later life situations.

Communities benefit from students who regularly attend school and are achieving. These benefits include greater student safety, community wellbeing, and a sense of connectedness for all.

Schools, families, and communities can work together to send a strong collective message about the importance of going to school. Promoting the benefits of regular attendance to students, teachers, early childhood centre staff, parents, and community groups will help create a culture where regular school attendance is the norm.

Please visit the links below for more information on our School Attendance Policy.

For information related to the NSW Government Schools Attendance Policy, please utilise the link below:
https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library/policies/school-attendance-policy