Student attendance, along with effective teaching, has the greatest influence on student engagement and achievement. All students must be present at school, so they can participate, and engage in learning.
Irregular attendance may be an early indicator of problems with student motivation or teaching effectiveness.
Students with high absenteeism are less likely to succeed in their learning. If student misses five school days each term, or one day a fortnight, they will miss the equivalent of one year of school over 10 years. As the level of absenteeism grows, the difficulty of re-engaging in learning can grow exponentially.
At Te Puke Intermediate we support and reward punctuality and attendance at school.