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Every day counts

 
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Being at school every day counts. If your child is absent one day per week, this quickly adds up to two months of missed school in a year. 

Every day counts is an initiative aiming to improve attendance at school. The initiative promotes four key messages:

  • all children should be enrolled at school and attend on every school day

  • schools should monitor, communicate and implement strategies to improve regular school attendance

  • truanting can place a student in unsafe situations and impact on their future employability and life choices

  • attendance at school is the responsibility of everyone in the community. 

  • The figures below show how much difference just a few days can make!

Attendance Rate
If your child misses……
That equals……
Which is……
Over 13 years of schooling that’s……
Which means the best your child might do is ……
90%
1 day/fortnight
20 days/year
4 weeks of school per year
1.3 years
Equal to finishing in
August of Grade 11
80%
1 day/week
40 days/year
8 weeks of school per year
2.6 years
Equal to finishing in
May of Grade 10
70%
3 days/fortnight
60 days/year
12 weeks of school per year
3.9 years
Equal to finishing in
March of Grade 9
60%
2 days/week
80 days/year
16 weeks of school per year
5.2 years
Equal to finishing in September of Grade 7
50%
5 days/fortnight
100 days/year
20 weeks of school per year
6.5 years
Equal to finishing in
June of Grade 6

 

Find out more about the Every day counts initiative from Education Queensland. 

 

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Last reviewed 13 February 2019
Last updated 13 February 2019