More support to improve school attendance

The School Attendance Turnaround Package complements the initiatives already underway to assist kura and schools in supporting ākonga to re-engage with their learning. These additional resources also aim to help achieve the targets set out through the Attendance and Engagement Strategy.

The new package will focus on both ends of the attendance issue, from irregular attendance to ākonga who are chronically absent or not in education, employment or training.

It consists of:

  • funding of $37.6 million over five years for 82 new attendance officer roles who will work with schools in supporting students who are irregularly or moderately absent
  • funding of $28.4 million over five years to increase capacity and address cost pressures of the Attendance Service
  • funding of $7.73 million over three years to develop an improved and standardised system for attendance data collection and analysis.

More information

Minister Tinetti: More attendance officers for schools – link)

Attendance and Engagement Strategy(external link)

All in for Learning - Te Mahau website(external link)

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