Strand A - Part 1 - Policy requirement 3
4.4.2 Safe and supportive environment - attendance
Tracking student attendance data is a legislative requirement and part of every school’s duty of care. Attendance data provides a measure of student engagement, which is critical for evaluating school and student performance.
Every school must maintain evidence of compliance with departmental policy including:
- processes for monitoring student data
- intervention strategies to improve unsatisfactory attendance, including implementing strategies designed to improve student engagement in school and learning.
Advice for principals
This requirement is about departmental policies and school procedures on attendance and student welfare. The focus is on monitoring student data and intervention strategies to improve student engagement.
Please note that the National Standards for Student Attendance Data for reporting attendance rates include partial absences over 120 minutes and account for student mobility.
Schools do not need to provide evidence of enrolments, daily attendance or procedures for exercising the Minister’s delegation under Section 25 of the Education Act, which relates to exemption from attending school.
Evidence to provide at the random inspection
Effective ways to demonstrate compliance are to provide evidence of:
- implementing the department’s procedures, using one or two examples of intervention strategies, as documented in Section 8 of the Student Attendance in Government Schools Procedures (DOCX 324KB)
- the school’s documented attendance processes, as required by the Department’s Student Attendance in Government Schools Procedures (DOCX 324KB).
- processes for monitoring student data, such as the procedures for monitoring daily attendance/absence, following up unexplained absences, notifying parents, use of attendance codes approved by the Minister and following up partial absences over 120 minutes.