Attendance – every day matters

Regularly attending school really matters, right from the first days at primary school to the end of secondary school.

Importance of attendance

Children and young people need every opportunity to learn and participate in school.

Attending school is key to setting our young people up for life, as well as being required by law. If your child is under 16 years old, they must go to school every day, unless they are sick.

Getting a qualification is one of the main building blocks for success, and regular attendance at school makes all the difference.

If a child or young person stops attending school regularly, it becomes harder for them to stay connected to school friends and teachers, and harder to catch up with work they have missed.

Research about attendance

A Year 11 student who attends school every day has about a 90% chance of achieving NCEA Level 1, but this drops to a 1-in-5 chance if they only turn up at school half of the time.

Attendance in Year 10 is important for attainment in NCEA

This graph shows the relationship between attendance in year 10 and attainment in NCEA level 1.

Attendance in year 10 is important for attainment in NCEA

Source: He Whakaaro: What is the relationship between attendance and attainment?(external link)

Everyone has a role to play

Parents, families and whānau, as well as teachers and school leaders, can work together to make sure that every child and young person is engaged and actively involved.

This means making sure the school is providing a positive learning environment that values every child and young person, and any issues are addressed so that children and young people attend school regularly.

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