Ensuring our learners are attending school
Our 13 Kaiawhina (Attendance Advisors) also refer whānau (families) to appropriate support in the community. This helps with any needs and to remove roadblocks.
For more information about the SAS, please refer to the Ministry of Education’s website:
Who is referred to our service?
All referrals to the SAS fit into one of the following two categories:
1. Unjustified Absence – being away from school for a full day, without a proper reason.
2. Non-enrolled Absence – a learner between the ages of 6–16 is away from school for 20 days in a row, and not enrolled in another school.
The school refers a student who fits into one of the categories above to an SAS provider like Solomon Group. We make contact with the family to support the student back into school.
It’s important for the community to understand that, under the Education Act 1989, parents and careers of children between 6 and 16 years old can be prosecuted if their child is away from school without a good reason.
For more information, parents should refer to the Ministry website page:
Key SAS outcomes
With our SAS programme we are working towards:
● Working closely with schools, parents, families, whānau, iwi, Pasifika groups, the community, inter-agency services and the MOE
● Early action on and follow-up of referrals
● Moving from reacting to early intervention
Supporting schools, supporting learners
We support and mentor students who:
- have good attendance, but may leave school without at least Level 2 NCEA
- have limited pathway options
- don’t have good attendance
- lack motivation, confidence and support
- need advice about purposeful pathways
- are alienated and struggling to stay engaged at school
- returned this year without their NCEA Level qualification from last year
- lack qualifications, and may disengage once school events are over (e.g. cultural festivals, sports finals, school ball)
Other Solomon Group Services
- Schools Attendance Support
- Intergenerational Family Literacy
- Courses based at Primary Schools
- Free Literacy Community Courses
- Whānau Ora support services
- Work and Income Contracted Services
- Financial Literacy Courses