Keeping Kids at School examines the issue of improving school attendance and suggests how the collection of information is an essential starting point. It also outlines approaches that schools might take to improve attendance, based on both research and the experience of schools themselves.
Absence from school and class not only affects the absent student but also has impact on teachers' ability to plan and present class work in a sequential and organised way, which can affect the progress of all students in the class and make classroom management difficult. While the correlation between attendance and academic performance is not a straightforward story of cause and effect, examining student absence in conjunction with levels of achievement can give schools important information on which to base their curriculum and policy planning.
The systematic monitoring of student attendance and the degree to which schools are able to address the absence issue is an important indicator of a school’s ability to maximise the learning opportunities it offers to its students.