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Every day counts


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. 

If your child misses:
That equals:
Which is:
And over 13 years of schooling that is:
Which means the best your child might perform is:
1 day per fortnight
20 days per year
4 weeks per year
Nearly 1.5 years
Equal to finishing in year 11
1 day per week
40 days per year
8 weeks per year
Over 2.5 years
Equal to finishing in year 10
2 days per week
80 days per year
16 weeks per year
Over 5 years
Equal to finishing in year 7
3 days per week
120 days per year
24 weeks per year
Nearly 8 years
Equal to finishing in year 4


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