The School Success Model is clear that everyone in Education is responsible for improving student outcomes – school leaders, teachers, support staff and the system more broadly.

Our schools are responsible for improving student outcomes and have signed up for ambitious student performance targets. The School Success Model outlines support for schools to achieve their targets, as well as the responsibilities of everyone across our system.

Just as there are targets for schools to achieve, there will be ambitious targets for the system to achieve to reduce administrative burden and ensure it provides evidence-based support, guidance and direction to lift school and student performance.

For example, student attendance is one area where there is room for improvement at both the school and system levels. Attendance is fundamental to ensuring students develop important social connections and maximise learning opportunities.

The department has established a target to increase the proportion of our students attending school more than 90 percent of the time.

A Term 4 2020 pilot to lift attendance rates in nearly 50 schools across the state has yielded early uplifts. Following support in the areas of self-assessment, professional learning and rich data analysis, these schools have seen their attendance rates increase from 84 percent to 87 percent in 7 weeks, equating to an additional 4,670 student learning days.

With the pilot set to continue into Term 1 2021, the ongoing successes from Term 4 2020 will be scaled and shared across the system. That way, even more NSW students will benefit and all schools will be on track to achieving their targets by 2022.

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