Information for parents

As parents and carers, naturally we want the best for our children.

Completing their education sets our kids up for the brightest future possible.  Education has and is continuing to change. There are more options and pathways available to students now than ever before.  Finishing Year 11 and 12 actually looks really different to what it did when we as parents finished school.  This can make it difficult for parents to support their child to work out the right pathway for them.  There are places you can go to get information to help you to provide that support to your child.

Your child’s school is the best place for information on your child’s pathway and course choices. Careerify and the Course Guide are also really good resources to help you get you started.

By talking to your child about what’s happening at school you can help support your child’s interest and confidence in learning.  As a parent/carer, please work with your child’s school to support their regular attendance at school.  If you need help getting your child to attend school regularly, your school can help you.      

Parent Fact Sheet – Attendance

Why Turning Up Matters

Trying to ensure that our kids are regularly attending school is critical to their educational outcomes.  Every day counts.  Did you know that even just missing one day a fortnight can mean they are missing up to a year and a half of their education, between Kindergarten and Year 12?  

See what happens when your child misses just…

1 day each fortnight

That equals 20 days per year

Which is 4 weeks per year

… and therefore, from Kindy to Year 12, that is nearly 1½ years of school.

This means the best they can achieve is equal to finishing year 11.

1 day a week

That equals 40 days per year

Which is 8 weeks per year

… and therefore, from Kindy to Year 12, that is nearly 2½ years of school.

This means the best they can achieve is equal to finishing year 10.

2 days a week

That equals 80 days per year

Which is 16 weeks per year

… and therefore, from Kindy to Year 12, that is nearly 5 years of learning missed.

This means the best they can achieve is equal to finishing year 7.

3 days a week

That equals 120 days per year

Which is 24 weeks per year

… and therefore, from Kindy to Year 12, that is nearly 8 years of learning missed.

This means the best they can achieve is equal to finishing year 6.

There is also support in place to help you when your child has disengaged from school and is not attending at all.  Understandably, this is a worrying time for you as a parent or carer and it can be hard to know where to seek help.

In the first instance, talk to your child’s school.  They can help you work out some strategies to re-engage your child in their education. 

If your child is not currently enrolled with an education or training provider at all, you can contact the Back on Track team who can support you through the process to re-engage your child in their education and discuss with you both the many options available.  Email backontrack@education.tas.gov.au for more information.